Curriculum Vitae


Early in my career, I worked at an e-commerce tech start-up in New York City, doing marketing and business communications, and at another start-up in Washington D.C., as an Editorial Director for an online media network. While in D.C., I also wrote a biweekly column for a local newspaper.

For the past ten years, I've been teaching (mostly Catholic) homeschoolers in one form or another: most recently at Kolbe Academy Online, where, in addition to teaching full time, I wrote curricula, created online seminars, produced instructional videos, and ran the student newsletter club.

Ellen Finnigan, 1978-
Born: Omaha, Nebraska
Religion: Roman Catholic
Political Affiliation: Independent

  • B.A., English, Boston College 2000 (English)
  • M.F.A., University of Montana, 2008 (Creative Writing, Creative Nonfiction)

  • Phi Beta Kappa (2000)
  • Magna Cum Laude (2000)
  • Merriam-Frontier Award (2008)
  • Teacher of the Month, Kolbe Academy Online (May 2017, May 2021)
  • Faculty Speaker, Kolbe Academy graduation, 2022
  • Top 6 Finalist, pitch competition for Business Accelerator Services of Estes (B.A.S.E.)(May 2023)
  • Recipient, VELA Fund microgrant (July 2023)


  • WriteGuide, online writing instructor, 2008-2010
  • Ms. Scribbles’ Workshop, online writing instructor, 2010-2012
  • Saint John Bosco Academy, Atlanta, 7th & 9th grade, 2011-2012
  • Kolbe Academy Online, 9th-12th grade, English and Literature, 2012-2022
  • Teach to the Text LLC, Founder, August 2022 - present

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