Theresa J. Ellis



Theresa J. Ellis is an experienced and well-qualified educator with more than 20 years of teaching and administrative experience. She has earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education with a major in Mathematics and minor in English. In 1995, she entered a doctoral program at Bowling Green State University in pursuit of a Ph D in Educational Administration and Supervision.

Ms. Ellis taught for seven years at the Elementary and Middle and High School levels, at which time she was promoted to the position of Administrator in the Detroit Public School System. In 1997, she was asked to assume the leadership of Greater Grace Temple Christian Academy where she served for one year as principal. The following year, 1998, she founded the David Ellis Academy (a charter school) serving as principal until she transitioned to running her own company, Bardwell Group (BG). BG is an educational management and consulting firm responsible for starting, managing and writing grants for schools. It was in this capacity that many grants were obtained, namely, the 21st Century Learning and Communities Grant. This grant has awarded a consortium of schools over $6 million dollars from 2000 to the present. Various other grants have been awarded throughout the last ten years. As consultant, Ms. Ellis assisted in the opening of the Lee A. Tolbert Academy in Kansas City, Missouri and several charter schools throughout the United States. Additionally, she is the founder of a second charter school, David Ellis Academy in Redford, Michigan. This endeavor resulted in the purchase of St. Agatha Catholic School campus, inclusive of a school, church, convent and rectory spanning one square block (a $14 million project including renovations). It is because of Ms. Ellis’ extraordinary determination to provide a quality education to many children that she continues to seek out new venues to successfully educating students emphasizing high expectations in a safe and nurturing environment.

Her secondary and extra-curricular involvements include serving as former Minister of Music at Greater Grace Temple, Detroit, Michigan. She has led this department to many successful ventures and hosted many renowned recording artists. She is also a member of various professional and community and charitable organizations.
Ms, Ellis has successfully raised two sons and resides in the Metropolitan Detroit Area.