Ellen Lenihan Flaherty - Founder and Principal
I founded ELF Learning in 2006 to work with clients to create true and meaningful educational technology integration across K-12 and Higher Education curriculums. In being responsible for the overall vision and strategic development of ELF Learning, I found I offered a unique expertise assisting with research, consultation, and development of online communities of practice and early stage start-up EdTech companies.
I've devoted most of my professional career to understanding and improving the lives of youth. I've worked with both established and emerging educational technology companies leveraging my expertise to design experiences and curriculum that leverages technology in the teaching and learning of core-subject areas, as well as, health and behavior-focused topics.
Prior to founding ELF Learning, I worked as a producer in the educational technologies department at the New York City PBS affiliate station - Thirteen/WNET New York Public Media - where I was responsible for designing and creating online content for broadcast television programs, as well as, for a video-based instructional content delivery system funded by a Department of Education Ready to Teach grant.
I began my career as a program manager at Cora Support where I designed and created the VolunTEEN program, a comprehensive peer dating violence counseling program featuring an online community, moderated by VolunTEEN counselors, where teens, via a chat room, discussed all issues of dating and relationships on The Teen Relationships Website. It was one of the first models of a teen-driven, heath-and behavior-focused technology-enabled program and was featured in local and national media, including ABC News, Teen People and Oprah.com.
I graduated with a B.A. from Brown University, where I was a member of the women's basketball team. I received my M.A. from Stanford University's School of Eduction's Learning, Design, and Technology program.