Ellie Pennell builds a thriving community at Hive each summer, where campers grow and challenge themselves in a supportive setting that many describe as their home away from home. Ellie, who exudes warmth and fun, leads with purpose and empowers those around her to be their best selves.
Ellie first came to the Alohas in 1988 as a Hive counselor. She remained closely connected to the Aloha community as a Hive staff member for seven years and as an Aloha, Lanakila, Horizons, and Hive parent. Ellie was Assistant Director in 2019 and became Hive’s Director in 2020.
Outside of camp, Ellie has dedicated her career to supporting children and families. An experienced educator, she spent 10 years at the Hilltop Montessori School in Brattleboro, Vermont and served as the Founding Director of their Toddler Program. She continues to be connected to Hilltop as a member of their Board of Trustees. Ellie has a B.A. 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.