A former gymnast and coach, Ellie Abdi holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. She is currently a physical, health and dance education teacher for the Department of Health and Physical Education in an urban school district, in addition to serving as a Clinical Faculty member at the Center of Pedagogy at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She has also served as Professional Development coordinator and teacher trainer.
Dr. Abdi is an Editorial Board Member of several publications in various countries, and serves as the Director of the Little Falls Democratic Club Scholarship program. As the vice president of the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD), and a member of the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE-America), Ellie represented New Jersey’s teachers and students several times before the US Congress at Washington, DC.
Her educational background includes an Associate of Arts degree from North Arkansas Community College in Arkansas, a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Professions, a Post-Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical & Health Education and a Master of Education degree in Philosophy for Children from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership was attained at Northcentral University in San Diego, California.
A writer and presenter of various papers and workshops in the US and abroad, especially in France, Ellie’s research, interviews and articles have been published in various journals and sites.
Dr. Abdi’s first book on Diversity and Educational Leadership in American Schools was published in January 2016.