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Ms. Ellen Simonis

Hello! Welcome to a new school year! The 20-21 school year is my 35th year of teaching, and my 18th year in Trout Lake! Time sure does pass quickly. I am excited to navigate all of the unknowns together in this new virtual world. 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 son, Seth, who will be a freshman in high school this year. In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening, and being active in Boy Scouts. Not only is my son a scout, but I am the Scout Master of Hood River Troop 5282, our first girl troop. 

My main method of communication will be via Google Classroom and all necessary links will be found there for each individual class. 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!