Elissa grew up in Brisbane, Australia. Before joining Green Shoots she spent 13 years working in a large school where she taught lower primary classes and also worked in specialty fields. Prior to this, she worked in kindergartens and childcare centres across Brisbane. Elissa holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), and has undertaken a specialist course in Reading Recovery. While travelling through Vietnam she fell in love with the central region and began teaching at Green Shoots International School in August 2015. Elissa is passionate about teaching and providing her students with engaging learning experiences that encourage independence, creative thinking and problem solving skills.