Dr. Elliott's career began in 1987 when she taught adult education at a local community college. She then transitioned to a K-8 environment where she taught elementary education, special education, arts education, K-2 continuous progress primary, and middle school students. After her time in the classroom, she served as a school-based assistant principal and principal and then assumed the role of Regional Consultant and Teacher Recruitment/Retention Specialist with the NC Department of Public Instruction. She has served two school systems as the K-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and two systems as Assistant Superintendent supporting all departments.
Dr. Elliott was named Director of Rural Education and Teacher Recruitment at WCU in 2005 where she was able to pursue her research interests in teacher recruitment, college access, science education, and educational interventions for students. Dr. Elliott received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1986, Master of School Administration in 2001, Educational Specialist Degree in 2002, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2008, all from Appalachian State University. She has also studied at UNC-Charlotte, Alverno College in Wisconsin, and Western Carolina University.
Dr. Elliott is focused on student success and educational interventions partnered with professional learning communities. She is relationship-driven and believes strongly in the use of collaboration with families and communities to create school systems of excellence.
Dr. Elliott most recently served as the Associate Superintendent of Jackson County Public Schools.