Ellen Bunn

Ellen Bunn started as the Learning Specialist for the As-U-R program in June 2018 and has been mentoring and working with students in the As-U-R program since Fall of 2015. As Learning Specialist, Ellen works with students in 1-on-1 and group formats. She coaches As-U-R students on skills, strategies, and resources to help them reach their full potential at Appalachian State University. Additionally, Ellen develops and teaches a variety of courses for As-U-R students including a Learning Strategy Seminar and Problem Solving Group Course.


Ellen received her B.S. in Special Education from Appalachian State University in 2017 and her Masters in Special Education at Appalachian State and certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders in 2018. Additionally, Ellen has been a licensed special educator in the state of North Carolina since the summer of 2017. As an undergraduate student, Ellen had the opportunity to mentor an As-U-R student through a course offered in the Reich College of Education. After the course, Ellen fell in love with working with students who have learning differences in post-secondary education. She was hired as an undergraduate mentor and worked with students in the As-U-R program throughout the remainder of her undergraduate program. Ellen continued working at As-U-R as a graduate assistant during her time as a graduate student.


Ellen is extremely passionate about helping neurodiverse students access the academic learning environment, have positive academic experiences, and develop academic independence and self-advocacy skills. When she isn’t working with students, you can find Ellen spending time with family, friends, and her hedgehog Tulip or exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.


Title: Learning Specialist for As-U-R
Department: As-U-R

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7064

Office address
Suite 213 Edwin Duncan Hall