Ellie is a native El Pasoan, having moved to San Antonio in 1990. She is a graduate of UTEP, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. In 1996, she received a Master of Education from UIW. Before her real estate career, she was an elementary school teacher for twenty-five years, having taught both in El Paso ISD and San Antonio ISD. She began her real estate career in 2008. Her designations include Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and the Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS). Her certifications include Certified Home Marketing Specialist (CHMS) and Certified Military Residential Specialist (CMRS). She and her husband, Steve, have worked as a team for the past six years.