Ms. Ellen Resnek

Phone: (610)363-6400, Ext. 5893


Degrees and Certifications:

1988 B.A. History, University of Massachusetts 2008 M.S. Educational Development and Strategies, Wilkes University Pennsylvania 2010 M.S. Educational Technology, Wilkes University 2013 AP Audit European History La Salle University National Honor Society Advisor Club Advisor: Key Club Model United Nations Generation for Change Red Cross Club Movie Critics Club

Ms. Ellen Resnek

Ms. Resnek currently teaches tenth-grade World History and Advanced Placement European History, and twelfth-grade  Government and Sociology at Downingtown East High School and is the advisor to the National Honor Society, Model UN, Generation for Change, Red Cross, and Key Clubs. She is a reader for the AP European History Exam. She also teaches the University of Pittsburgh College in High School Course; HIST 0101 Western Civilization 2. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Massachusetts in 1988 and hold 2 Masters Degrees from Wilkes University. She was awarded the 2018 Transatlantic Outreach Fellow of the Year award at the NCSS conference in Chicago this past Winter. She is a member of the Teacher Advisory Board for The National Constitution Center; responsible for promoting high-quality, nonpartisan, civic education through a variety of activities and programs. She is also a member of The National Council for History Education Teacher Advisory Group; their goal is to promote historical literacy by encouraging and creating opportunities for teachers and students to benefit from more history, better taught.

This past summer, she attended 7 virtual seminars, leading 2 as the Master Teacher. In the past she has lead a TOP Study tour to Germany, focusing on Cold War History. She traveled to Cambridge University studying with Oxbridge Academy on the topic of "Why World History Matters" She jetted to South Korea for a 2 week, immersion Study with the World History Digital Education Foundation. She studied for a week at Georgetown University studying the Global Enlightenment. In the summer of 2018, she traveled to Israel studying at Yad Vashem, Scotland to study Thomas Jefferson and the Enlightenment, Walden Pond in Massachusetts to study Thoreau, attended the National Constitution Center Rule of Law seminar, and finished her summer at Mount Vernon, studying Washington and presidential leadership. Last November she traveled to Bahrain with the TEACH initiative out of the Bilateral Foundation in Houston Texas. During the 2017 summer, she traveled with Classrooms Without Borders to Poland to study the Holocaust. She also was accepted to the Gilder Lehrman Institute Teacher Institute to study WW1 at the WW1 Museum in Kansas City MO, WW2 in the Pacific aboard the USS Midway in San Diego CA, the Annual Friends of the National World War II Memorial Teachers Network, and Conference on "WWII: The Transformation of America" in Washington DC, and finally studying at Harvard University on Cities and Our Urbanizing World.

During the 2016-2017 School Years, she attended 2 TAH Weekend Colloquia: the first: on The Cold War – the 1950s and 60s in Green Valley, AZ in the Fall and in the Spring in Northampton MA to study Calvin Coolidge and his presidency. She also attended the FPRI weekend seminar on America’s Entry into WW1 in Chicago. At the beginning of May, she joined the workshop at Georgetown University on Approaches to teaching Islam, and FPRI Seminar on Why America goes to War?. In 2016 she attended the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators at the United States Holocaust Museum in DC. She also received a scholarship to spend a week at Mount Vernon, studying Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century. She traveled to Boulder CO to study Contemporary Korea, with TEA. At the end of the summer, she studied Global Journalism seminar at Harvard University.In 2015 she attended 4 summer institutes. The first with Classrooms without Borders where she traveled to Greece to explore Greece and its national and Jewish heritage. Additionally, she spent 2 weeks aboard the USS Midway in San Diego CA for professional development on teaching about the Cold War era, including its origins and effects. She was also a participant in The Hana-Stanford Conference on Korea for U.S. Secondary School Teachers. The summer conference featured scholarly lectures and curricular presentations on topics such as Korean history, North Korea, inter-Korean relations, politics, economics, culture, and U.S.-Korean relations. She was also selected to participate in the Foreign Policy Research Institute program: Experiencing South Korea, traveling there in August of 2015.

In the past, she has participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes FDR and the World Crisis 2007, Ellis Island and Public Heath 2007, A View from Mount Vernon 2008, and Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution 2013. She was chosen as a participant in 2 Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History summer seminars. The first in 2012 on teaching the Cold War at the University of Santa Barbara and the second on the Story of World War 2 at the WW2 museum in New Orleans in 2014. In 2008 she was awarded the Lucile Cornetet Awards for Professional Development to attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Teacher Institute in Cleveland Ohio. Additionally, she was a participant in the NEH year-long Institute at Lincoln Cottage in Washington D.C in 2010. In 2012 she was awarded a scholarship from Facing History and Ourselves on Holocaust and Human Behavior. She also was fortunate to be chosen to participate in the Goethe Institut Transatlantic Outreach Program two-week study/tour of Germany in 2011. She is also a member of the TOP Professional Development Trainer Specialist network. She has developed and presented professional development sessions at the local, state, and regional levels, sharing these experiences. She was the Second-place winner of the George Washington Prize for Teaching America's Founding in 2008 and received the Lucile Cornetet Individual Award for Professional Development from the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation in 2008. She is the 2018 recipient of the Transatlantic Outreach Specialist Fellow of the year 2018. She is also a member of the TOP Professional Development Trainer Specialist network. She has developed and presented professional development sessions at the local, state, and regional levels, sharing these experiences.