Ellen Senisi Educator Services

I use media – print and multimedia arts – in unique ways to promote literacy and arts-in-education as well as help students meet curriculum standards. I do this through the creation of nonfiction photoessay books, making author visits, and developing e-learning curriculum programs.


My Background

I am an education professional (former teacher with two graduate degrees), author\photographer of 17 children’s photo essay books, have 20 years of experience photographing in classrooms for the major education publishers, and have produced multimedia videos for and about children and education.


Author Visits

My author visits are primarily for elementary students, although I have done some photography teaching workshops at the upper levels. The fee for a one-day author visit is $1,000 for presentations scheduled in 2014. An extra fee is charged for writing a new presentation; that fee depends on how much and what type of new material must be created so will likely range from an extra $400 – $1,200. Fees for virtual school visits over the internet start at $300 for a thirty-minute visit. Current existing presentations include: How a Book is Created (book creation from idea to print);  Visual Literacy and Character (inspiring students to take people-photos on the theme of character); Create-A-Photoessay Workshop; and Star in Your Own Picture Book. Please request more information on these programs, if needed. I am listed in the BOCES Arts in Education Directory in the Capital District so BOCES aid may be used to pay a portion of my services at BOCES participating schools.


In development for next school year: Literacy and Life Science Using Media Arts with a Rainforest Theme. This program will use my book, All in a Rainforest Day, photos, and video clips to trace my steps on a trip to the rainforest. Suggestions for extending the program’s content in the classroom will be included.

What I bring that is special:
My specialty as a professional is combining words with images so I am able to promote literacy in high-interest ways to students by showing them how words, visuals, and audio can be combined creatively to communicate concepts.


girl looks through a circle to communicate: Visual - it's all about seeingPre-K girl (age 5) shows compassion to upset boy (age 5) in classroomChild, trees, sky, and ocean near Nosara, Costa Ricapink flowers and hummingbirdLarge, fallen tree in the rainforest; two young children look and touch itWide angle view of lush green rainforest trees