Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Ellen Simonis

Hello! Welcome to a new school year! The 23-24 school year is my 39th year of teaching, and my 22nd year in Trout Lake! Time sure does pass quickly. I am excited to be back in the classroom and am looking forward to working with your student! l

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 senior in high school this year. In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening, and being active in Boy Scouts. Seth earned Eagle Scout rank this summer and I am extremely proud of this accomplishment!

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. 

Each of your students has been given a copy of the class syllabus, classroom rules and procedures, and the Trout Lake School plagiarism policy. These documents can also be found on google classroom for each class under classroom documents.