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Ms. Ellen Simonis

Hello! Welcome to a new school year! The 21-22 school year is my 36th year of teaching, and my 19th year in Trout Lake! Time sure does pass quickly. I am excited to be back in the classroom for full days! We are going to enjoy each other and learn together. 

I did both my undergraduate and my graduate work in education at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I earned my Master's in Education in 1993, and am certified to teach both social studies and English in Oregon and Washington. Being a teacher allows me to continue to learn right along with my students - I figured out how to get paid to go to school for the rest of my life! 

I live in Hood River with my teenager, Seth, a sophomore in high school this year. In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening, and being active in Boy Scouts. Not only is my teen a scout, but I am the Scout Master of Hood River Troop 5282, our first girl troop. I am an assistant scout master for the boys Troop. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you have at any time this year. I can always be reached via my school email (, or by calling the school. If you need me to call you, just email me or call the office and I will get back to you as quickly as I can. 

  • Welcome to Ellen Simonis' 7-12 English Site!