A closeup of Elana Betts in a blue and aqua and white patterned shirt in front of a ivory colored award

Elana Betts is an experienced educator, an art enthusiast, an innovative leader and a social justice advocate.



Elana Betts earned a BA from Penn State University; an MA from Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey; and a school psychology certificate from Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania. In 2013, she received her Doctorate in Education (DEd) from Penn State University in Adult Education. In 2022, Elana earned her PreK–12 principal certificate though the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


  • Betts is a certified school psychologist in the K–12 school system with over 20 years of experience in public schools and approved private schools in southeastern Pennsylvania in urban, suburban and residential settings.

  • She started teaching in the MEd and PIE programs at University of the Arts in 2013. During her time at UArts, she has taught courses on the capstone project, research methods, inclusive practices, social emotional learning, assessment design and evaluation, and curriculum design.

  • In 2023, Betts was named administrator on assignment for Coatesville Area School District in Pennsylvania.

  • Also in 2023, she was officially board-approved as coordinator of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at the Chester County Intermediate Unit in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.  

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Awards & Accolades

Elana has been honored with:

  • the Ruth Ellen Eshelman Lenker Memorial Research Award for her diversity advocacy research in 2013.

  • the Annie Sullivan Award in recognition of an individual with extraordinary compassion that encourages the understanding and promotion of at-risk students in the school or community in 2020.

We all view the world through our own unique lens based on our lived experiences. A key to life, creativity and success is the ability to also understand how others view the world.