Dr. Pam Ellis of Compass Education Presents Strategies on Helping Students Win
By Dreux Dougall
“I didn’t want to live the rest of my life hating Mondays,” Dr. Pamela Ellis, founder and principal consultant of Compass Education Strategies said about her career switch from business to education. Dr. Ellis, once a corporate financier, is now known as the Education Doctor who uses her research acumen to help students from all walks of life attain solid educations. “Access. Thrive. Graduate!” is the motto of Compass Education Strategies, her business, which employs techniques like in depth knowledge of education options and testing for personality traits to prepare her clients for college. She also works directly with schools systems and non-profits to assist kids. Through her work, Dr. Ellis stresses the importance of college for students of color, particularly black men, who sometimes need more support to graduate.
Dr. Pamela Ellis spoke with The Atlanta Post about her background, strategies, and passionate vision, which includes every child succeeding in the classroom.
Tell us about your background and how you came to be called The Education Doctor.
I have been working in education research for the past thirteen years — with school districts, state education agencies, and different nonprofit organizations. As part of this work, I go out into classrooms — and you know how students are. They say whatever is on their minds. In schools people refer to me as Dr. Ellis, so if students asked, “Doctor? What are you a doctor of?,” I would say to them, “I’m the education doctor!”
Kids understand what a medical doctor is, but to explain a PhD… they wouldn’t get that. So I had to put it in simple terms that they would understand. That’s how the name came about and it just stuck. Recently I got the name trademarked so that I can use it for my business.
I received my doctorate from Stanford several years ago. I worked in corporate America primarily before I started doing education in corporate finance and investment banking.