This year is Mrs. Allen's second year in third grade at GRACEPOINT and her 25th year in teaching. Prior to GRACEPOINT, Elese taught at North Cobb Christian for 14 years - 10 of them in third grade. She also taught fifth grade at Cartersville Elementary for nine years. Mrs. Allen received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Union University in Jackson, TN and her master's degree from the University of West Georgia in Middle Grades Education. She is trained in the Orton Gillingham methodology and is a graduate of the Complete Reading Series. Mrs. Allen loves to read and developed a passion for teaching dyslexic learners to read while learning how to teach her daughter who has dyslexia. Mrs. Allen and her husband, John, have been married for 28 years and have two children in college.