Ellen Bluestone is a woman of remarkable talents. What is most unique is that not only does she have the ability to teach various art forms from writing to literature, to art, and leadership, thus adding dimensions of color to the lives of those enriched through her instruction; she is a woman who has not only internalized these skills to pass onto others, but has the special gift herself to go beyond the learning and teaching of the greatest of inspiring platforms to the act of creation herself.
Through her course of Victorian Literature, I had the fortune of being one of those enriched students. At the same time she taught at the University, she also worked at her writing company; helping others improve their creative and technical abilities in the entirely limitless world of written words. However, she wasn’t only teaching students how to write and give them feedback on their work-which she did with ever gracious support; she was also challenging her own individual expression and expansion: experimenting with creating original screen plays herself. Ellen is more than an ideal instructor she is an ideal leader and here is why: it is because wherever she is, it is in the midst of what she loves. As a student of hers, it is my impression that it is her passion and devotion to what she does that makes it impossible not care more about learning, and not to become more inspired in her presence. I was never more excited to be a literature student then during my time in her course. I never received more individual care and attention, or more individualized encouragement and support. Ellen gave me the freedom to write the paper I wanted to write; and through that freedom, I received the greatest gift a student can be given by a teacher. And that is the personal growth of my own expression and expansion which she generously praised. So, Ellen implanted to me what she herself stands for, and that is the truest height of instruction of all.
I am so honored to have been able to stay in touch with this incredible woman as time has moved forward, ever hearing about her latest explorations, creations, and adventures. She doesn’t just love teaching and inspiring others-she does this effortlessly by challenging herself, forging new paths, and learning how to paint amongst many other endeavors. And Ellen always, (metaphorically speaking), holds that paintbrush in her hand in everything she does. Her mark is always left; it is her own stroke she puts on every blank canvas of life she comes upon. She is a role model to me in so many ways. Not only for her kindness, for her passions, but for her constant evolution. Evolving is what successful living truly is, and so, she has taught me, in so many ways, life and the power of a woman to follow her dreams and forge her own destiny, while imparting timeless beauty along the way.