Ellen Baylor earned her bachelor’s degree from Williams College with a double major in history and Spanish literature. She also earned two master’s degrees from Columbia University: one in secondary social studies education from Teachers College and one in United States history from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Baylor has been selected to participate in several competitive seminars. In summer 2004, she was chosen for a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks in American History program in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in which she studied the material culture of Portsmouth as it related to the American Revolution and the turn of the 20th century. In summer 2007, she was selected to be part of "Inventing America: Industrialization and the Lowell Mills," co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks in American History, the Tsongas Industrial History Center and the Lowell National Historical Park. In 2007, Ms. Baylor participated in a Gilder Lehrman Institute summer seminar titled "New York in the Gilded Age." She came to Chapin as an Upper School history teacher in 2000 and became the department head in 2005.