Alex Ellison, owner of Dunce Academy, a college and career counseling practice, is also an independent contractor to public high schools that need to improve or expanded college and career counseling services. She provides workshops ranging from understanding financial aid to college essay writing to finding international colleges and universities. She speaks to groups of students and parents about debunking the myths associated with college admissions and restores fun and excitement to the process. Her non-pretentious, non-alarmist approach to college admissions offers a refreshing alternative in the chaos that is college admissions.
Alex Ellison is a graduate of Northwestern University and earned her College Counseling Certificate through UCLA Extension. She is a member in good standing with the National Association of College Admission Counselors as well as the Western Association of College Admission Counselors. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Nevada where she is concentrating on higher education policy. Her current research interests include models of vocational education that integrate liberal arts education and how to best educate and prepare a future workforce of job hoppers. She received a grant through the Swiss Embassy to research this topic for 2 months in Switzerland during the summer of 2015, and gave a TEDx talk on the topic in January 2016.
Alex Ellison is a proponent of entrepreneurship and was the co-Founder of Girl Empire, an entrepreneurship conference for teen girls. She is also the Executive Envision for the New E Network, a program of the Hop and Mae Adams Foundation.
Alex Ellison is a regular contributor to the Medium publication Synapse and has her own publication, the Dunce Cap, where she writes about everything from the positive traits of millennials to the benefits and pitfalls of vocational education to emerging education policies. She has been a guest writer here and she has been featured here, here, here and here. She was also a rapid-fire speaker for Ignite Reno, with her talk, Why I Wish I’d Gone To College in 1636.
She lives in the heart of Reno, NV with her husband and daughter. Oh, and she’s fluent in German…wenn Sie Deutsch sprechen wollen!