Ellie first came to the Alohas as a Hive counselor in 1998. Back then, pine trees surrounded the Comb and the Hive office received its first computer. In the two decades since, Ellie remained connected to the Aloha community—as a Hive staff member for seven years and also as a Lanakila, Horizons, and Hive parent. In the summer of 2019, Ellie served as an integral member of Hive’s leadership team as assistant director.
Prior to taking on the role of Hive’s Director in June 2020, Ellie spent 10 years at the Hilltop Montessori School in Brattleboro, Vermont, most recently as the Founding Director of the Toddler and Children’s House Programs. In addition to her responsibilities as the primary classroom teacher, she trained and led a team of staff, presented educational sessions to parents and community members, conducted home visits, partnered with local agencies to support children with learning differences and behavioral needs, and authored new assessment tools and educational articles.
Ellie writes: “I came to become a self-assured, positive, playful, and empathetic leader because of some very important lessons first learned at camp that were honed in the world outside camp—like how to embrace choice; view leadership as an opportunity to coach and guide, rather than dictate; be genuinely vulnerable as a means of creating connection and encouraging depth in relationships; and continuously re-adjust and re-align in accordance with our values and a changing world.”
Ellie has a BA in Psychology from Miami University in Ohio and a Master’s in Education from Loyola University Maryland. She and her husband, Andrew, live in Rockingham, Vermont with their three children: Susannah, Henry, and Luke.
Ellie Thompson Pennell, Director
Aloha Hive Camp
3295 VT Route 244
Fairlee, VT 05045
Fax: (802) 333-3404