Ellen Fischer, PhD

Phone Number: 734-487-8650
Office: 220 King Hall
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Ellen Fischer is a veteran early college educator, having been involved in the early college high school reform movement for nearly 18 years. In 1999, she began her early college career at the Washtenaw Technical Middle College (WTMC) at Washtenaw Community College, first as a teacher and then as a special education teacher consultant. After a year spent as a teacher coach in five Detroit high schools, Dr. Fischer returned to Washtenaw County and began work with the very first group of Early College Alliance students and teachers as an Instructional Specialist in 2007. She served as the Assistant Director to then-ECA Director David Dugger before becoming the ECA's first principal in 2014. This transition occurred as Mr. Dugger added to his leadership role at the ECA oversight of our county's other secondary options programs: the Washtenaw International High School and Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education. 


Dr. Fischer has a Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Michigan University (1994) in Secondary Education, English Language & Literature (major) and History (minor); a Master's Degree from Michigan State University (2000) in Special Education, Mild Impairment; and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University (2016). Her doctoral research provided an opportunity to dive deeply into the post-secondary outcomes of ECA's first graduates--which reinforced her passion for the work she does every day to help students develop the skills they need to be successful all the way through college (dissertation "Laying the Foundation: An Investigation of Bachelor's Degree Attainment Rates of Early College High School Graduates"). 


Dr. Fischer lives with her spouse and three children in Ann Arbor. She likes to travel, camp, read, ride horses, sing, and hang out with her family (especially her kids!) and friends.