Peggy Rubens-Ellis graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1994 with a Master of Education and Educational Staff Associate Degree in K-12 Guidance Counseling. She spent fifteen years working within the diverse Highline School District (located by the Seattle-Tacoma airport) as an Elementary School Counselor as well as leading challenge courses for varied age groups.
In 2004 Peggy developed Creative Crossings with the mission of “helping pre-teen girls cross through adolescence with their self-esteem intact.” She spoke at a variety of local and international conferences on the topic of relational aggression and creating emotionally safe schools. Her work took her all over the Pacific Northwest, including programs for Native American pre-teen girls on the Neah Bay reservation and the Saint Helens school district. She has worked in collaboration with Big Brother/Big Sister of King County, Swedish Hospital Education Department, and Girls Scouts.
After adding two step-daughters (one now married and with a baby of her own) and a new baby to her life, Peggy Rubens-Ellis’s work shifted to include a greater emphasis on parenting of both boys and girls. Peggy began to embrace the idea of authenticity. It’s her dream to see each young person celebrating his/her uniqueness and jumping out into the world…fully.
Peggy is a professional member of the American School Counselor Association and the Washington School Counselor Association. She is a Certified Parent Coach through Parent Coach International (in conjunction with Seattle Pacific University), a Facilitator for Positive Discipline Parenting Program, a Facilitator for Strengthening Families Parenting Program, and a Certified Instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid. She is the site liaison for Girls on the Run, active in the American School Counselor Association, and a board member of Vashon Island to Reduce Alcohol and Substance Abuse.