Troya Ellis, PhD

Special Education Content Specialist

Troya L. Ellis is a Los Angeles native. She has worked in the field of education for over ten years in urban communities with historically underserved students and families who are often voiceless. Troya started her work in Long Beach Unified School District and has since worked in Los Angeles Unified, Compton Unified, and Aspire Public Schools. Over the years, she has worked as a School Psychologist, but operated as a special education leader working collaboratively with teams and families to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard. She has supervised school psychologist interns and practicum students and operated as a professional learning community (PLC) facilitator. She has imparted her experience with families and school teams to students earning their Master’s and Teaching Credential in Special Education as well as students earning a Master’s in School Counseling and School Psychology as an Adjunct Professor.

Troya earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Dillard University and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. Most recently, she earned an EdD from the University of Southern California (USC) in Educational Leadership with a research focus on teacher engagement practices that reduce negative discipline outcomes for black male students.

Troya is an active member of her community. She mentors young girls and hosts a performing arts event to provide a venue for youths to display their talents. Every summer, Troya organizes a group of youths to travel across the country to attend a motivational conference.