Ellen Royse

Ellen Royse, 11/12th Grade Environmental Science & Urban Ecology Teacher

Ellen joined Capital City in August 2011. She holds a Master of Science in Science Education from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Languages and Linguistics from Earlham College. Before coming to Capital City, Ellen taught middle school science in Burlington, Vermont. She was born and raised in central Kentucky.


Ellen is passionate about involving students in planning and decision-making, creating real-world learning opportunities for her students and investing in students' social-emotional growth.

She has worn many hats during her time at Capital City, including co-sponsoring the School Garden Market, training student equity facilitators and serving on the Equity Core Committee. Ellen was instrumental in the creation of DC’s Food Justice Youth Summit. She was also part of the inaugural cohort of Hollyhock Fellows at Stanford University.



Ellen is fluent in Spanish.

When she's not teaching, Ellen is likely to be riding her bike, enjoying the great outdoors, seeking out local food or scouring the racks of a thrift store.