Elly holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Classical Education from Hillsdale College. While there, she apprenticed under master teachers at Hillsdale Academy and studied abroad as an Associate Member of New College, University of Oxford. She spent four years as a faculty member at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy where she taught seventh and eighth grade Literature classes, Greco-Roman Literature, American Literature, Logic, Poetry, and Moral Philosophy and served as Theatre Director. She currently resides in Northwest Arkansas. She likes painting, poetry, weightlifting, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.