Learning Coaches

Mary Ellis is a Curriculum Developer and Learning Coach for Think with Heart. Mary, a graduate of an all-girls K-12 school, is a strong believer in the value of all-girls' educational experiences, and she is equally as passionate about inspiring curiosity and lifelong learning. A perpetual student herself, Mary holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Skidmore College, a graduate certificate in Pastoral and Spiritual Care from Iliff School of Theology, a B.S. in Psychology, a Certificate in Online Teaching from the Online Learning Consortium, and she earned a K-12 teaching certificate in Special Education from James Madison University.

Prior to co-founding Think with Heart, Mary worked in business services and in accounting for independent schools and various nonprofits. Apart from working with bright-minded girls in Think with Heart courses, Mary enjoys outdoor activities, reading, watching movies and most any sport, and spending time with her family, friends and pets.  

Andrew “Ace” Ellis is a Learning Coach with Think with Heart, and he also serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Ace is passionate about creating learning experiences that are relevant and meaningful to students as well as making quality education affordable to parents. As we are living in a rapidly changing world, Ace is particularly interested in promoting adaptability, cognitive flexibility, and empathy in problem solving. 

Ace holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Richmond and earned his B.S. in Mathematical Economics from Wake Forest University.

Ace serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Virginia. Prior to joining Woodberry in 2016,  Ace served for five years as CFO for Emma Willard School, an independent boarding school for girls located in Troy, New York.

Ace began his career in independent schools in 1999 when he returned to his alma mater, St. Christopher’s School (a K-12 independent school for boys), in Richmond, Virginia to serve as Business Manager. In addition to managing the School’s finances, facilities and human resources, Ace coached basketball teams. After nine years at St. Christopher’s School, Ace provided finance and business model expertise to a number of independent schools as the principal of his own consulting firm. Clients included clients Oregon Episcopal School, Westtown School, Springside Chestnut Hill, St. Catherine’s School and others. 

In addition to his work, Ace enjoys running, reading, outdoor music venues, and spending time with his family and two dogs.

Mary and Ace Ellis have been developing the curriculum and facilitating courses for Think with Heart since 2014.


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