About Us

The Rising Tide Team

Amy Ellingson, ,M. Ed..  Founder

Instructor & Consultant

I am a midwestern girl, born in Kansas and then transplanted to Colorado. I was the first person in my family to go to college. I attended the University of Northern Colorado as a Spanish for Secondary ed major. My junior year I went to University of Texas in El Paso as part of the National Student Exchange Program. It was a great experience and after I graduated in Colorado I headed right back to Texas and have only taught here. 

I have worked in the gifted field since 2013. 

I balance the work I love, an active family of 2 teens, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 1 husband along with a few things in life that bring me joy. 


1. Spanish Teacher - Canutillo ISD (outside El Paso)- 1997-1999

2. Spanish teacher - Claude ISD (outside Amarillo) 1999-2004

3. Spanish Teacher - Fort Bend ISD, Kempner High, 2004-2011

4. Spanish Teacher - Spring Branch ISD, 2011-2013

5. GT Facilitator - Spring Branch ISD, 2013- present

6. Professional Development Coordinator for the Houston COOP, 2015-2020

7. President, Houston COOP, 2020-Present

8. Board Member, Council for Exceptional Children, Talented and Gifted Division, 2023-present

9. Board Member, Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented- 2023- present

10. Founder of Rising Tide Educational Services, 2020 - present