By Ali Kochik
Social Media Editor
Helping others is something that teachers typically have a passion for, and new Family and Consumer Science teacher, Mrs. Ellen Bolton, is certainly no exception. Teaching is only one of the many ways Mrs. Bolton gives back and aids the community.
Mrs. Bolton volunteers for the York Rescue Mission where she mentors women who are recovering alcoholics. She also helps with Sunday school at St. Paul’s Church, where she works closely with a young autistic boy.
Although teaching at Red Lion may be new for Mrs. Bolton, she’s not a stranger to the teaching world.
“I worked in numerous schools in York County,” she said, “in the past I always changed schools because of my husband’s job.”
Her late husband and fellow civil servant was a police chief, whose residency restrictions caused her to move around and change districts quite frequently. Prior to starting here at the high school, she had also taught at North Eastern, Eastern, Dover, Salanco, and C. Milton Wright in Maryland.
Her background includes a bachelor’s degree from Mansfield in Dietetics and Home Economics Education, and a master’s degree from Penn State University in Curriculum Education.
At the high school, Mrs. Bolton teaches Creative Crafts, Contemporary Issues, Culinary Arts and Clothing One.
“I like to be interactive,” she said, “I try to challenge the students to learn new skills and I try to make everything I teach be practical skills they can use in their life.”
When she’s not in the classroom or volunteering, she can be found baking, quilting, riding bikes on the rail trail or having dinner with friends.
As many teachers do, Mrs. Bolton is anticipating this school year to be a good one.
“It’s always a good school year,” she said. “There’s always students that want to learn and make your life easy. Those are the ones I focus on.”
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