Dr. Sandra Ellis currently functions as an Instructor at the Texas A&M University System’s TEEX Public Safety and Security Division as well as the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center. As part of her job, Dr. Ellis travels locally, nationally and internationally to provide training on threat and risk assessment and serves as subject matter expert on school shootings and other campus acts of violence.Dr. Sandra Ellis provides training to various emergency responders, which include law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency medical services personnel, public health officials, educational administrators, and corporate leaders.
With the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, Dr. Sandra Ellis provides specialized programming and technical assistance to school districts, showing them how to plan for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. In conjunction with that position, Dr. Ellis serves as Managing Partner with Ellis and Ellis Consulting, LLC, in Mount Pulaski, Illinois. This firm offers consulting services and training in homeland security, school and campus safety and security measures, K-12 and higher education institution emergency plans, exercising and testing emergency plans, legal and legislative advocacy, professional development, grant writing, evaluation, and curriculum development. Dr. Ellis maintains responsibility as an executive statewide trainer in school and campus security training, providing services to the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, Illinois Campus Security Task Force, Illinois Law Enforcement Mobile Training Units, Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois State Police, and Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System.
Dr. Sandra Ellis also serves as a federal program evaluator to four Illinois school districts whereby she assists the Aurora East School District, Geneva School District, Oregon School District, and Waukegan School District with Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) grants. In support of her efforts, she co-developed several planning curricula, including “Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Illinois Schools,” and “Student Behavioral Threat Assessment.”
Previously, Dr. Sandra Ellis gained firsthand experience in public schools as a Superintendent, serving schools throughout Illinois located in Fulton, Lake, Logan, Macoupin, and St. Clair counties. She also spent five years as the Professional Development Director and UniServ Director of the Illinois Education Association-National Education Association, the state and nation’s largest union organization providing educator resources for continuing education, professional development, collective bargaining, and legal assistance with employee rights.
Sandy Ellis has previous teaching experience in higher education as well, having served the College of Education & Human Services and the Center for Legal Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield. She complements her career with a solid education, including a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Science in Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy.