Hello. My name is Linda Quinto-Ellis, and I’m a native of Miami, Florida. My pursuit for my Bachelor of Arts in psychology began my travel to the north as I attended and graduated from Florida State University. My acceptance into Appalachian State University to obtain my master’s degree in clinical psychology brought me to North Carolina where I have continued to reside since 1996.
I had the privilege to work for six years at Broughton Hospital, serving the severely and persistently mentally ill adult population as both a staff psychologist and coordinator of their treatment program. With the birth of my firstborn, I chose to resign from my position at the hospital and become a stay at home mom, maintaining my clinical license with the APA board. It was during this time when I became an adjunct instructor for the college. From the time I was in middle school, I always wanted to become a teacher. Throughout my education, I was blessed to be instructed by several teachers who all shared a common thread…investing in the lives of their students and valuing them beyond their role as a student, seeing them holistically. Because of the impact they made on my life, I aim to do the same with my students, helping them to feel connected in the classroom and valued as a person. It is my desire for every one of my students to succeed during their journey in college, and it is my philosophy that providing a sense of belonging/community within my classroom is instrumental to their success. I have been employed as a full-time psychology instructor since 2016, and I consider it a blessing to play a small role in sowing into the lives of my students.
I reside in Morganton with my family and Standard Poodle. My husband and I have been active members in our church for over 15 years. We currently lead a marriage small group and believe the best legacy we can leave for our children is an intact marriage. Our two sons keep us busy with their extracurricular activities, but our favorite pastime as a family is watching movies, whether it’s at the theatre or lying like broccoli on our couch.