Leanne Statland Ellis
Leanne Statland Ellis is a teacher of the gifted in Lincolnwood, Illinois. She is a talented musician and has a master’s degree in education. Among her most exciting teaching assignments were the summer science programs in Hawaii, the Galapagos Islands, Alaska, and Midway Island. She has also been a recipient of Earthwatch grants to study in India and Kenya. Her most recent passion, with her current students, is to alert the world to the terrible effect of plastics in the oceans. Her book Tree Huggers encourages children to follow their hearts to make a real difference in the world.