Ellen Louise Wristen, JD
Oxford Who’s Who has inducted Ellen Louise Wristen, JD, Executive Director of Brookwood Academy, Inc., into the highest Professional Distinction, “Top Tier of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Recognition,” due to her outstanding contributions, achievements and expertise. Executive Director of Brookwood Academy, Inc. Ellen Louise Wristen, JD, founded her school in an effort to help special needs students and their parents attain the necessary attention and education they rightfully deserved. After adopting her first son who was also a special education student, she wanted to create change for all students in need. Ellen Louise Wristen, JD is one of the few special honorees inducted into the highest professional distinction based on her accomplishments, years of service, credentials, the instinctive ability to keep exceeding exceptional goals and objectives and just continuously propels towards success. Ellen Louise Wristen, JD exemplifies high standards of professional performance with expert capabilities as well as proven and documented results. Oxford Who’s Who proudly endorses Ellen Louise Wristen, JD and all her future endeavors for she is truly an Iconic Force.
Prior to her present position as Founder and Executive Director of Brookwoord Academy, Inc. Ms. Wristen spent the first portion of her career in law (28 years) serving in the criminal courts. Wristen slowly transitioned to solely working in special education law after her son's adoption. In the years to come, working exclusively in this capacity, she filed approximately 150 due process actions per year to represent these children. When Wristen decided to form Brentwood Academy, Inc., she was ready to turn a new leaf and, rather than represent these children in the court system, and began educating them, giving them placement when they had nowhere else to turn to. "Adopting and raising a son with mental health issues has helped me gain an understanding of mental health services and family issues," Wristen added. "I understand the challenges that families have in finding appropriate mental health, counseling, and educational services for their children. I also understand how the mental health challenges can impact the educational process. The Brookwood Academy, Inc. provides all of these services and more." Wristen's passion to help parents of students with special needs is very evident through her work at the Academy. These students, she says, require a provided a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Their families need assistance in helping their children reach adulthood. Students who are in school and cannot do what is expected learn how to get out of school. They learn that they can be suspended/expelled by acting out. Some students have actually been removed from school as their goal. The earlier those students receive appropriate educational services the better the student's change of developing appropriate educational and social skills. "My goal has always been for parents and students to be successfully identified for special education service and be served rather than repeatedly failed or removed from school," Wristen said about her efforts. "I'd like for my work here at the Academy to reflect the transformation of students who I have assisted in obtaining a free, appropriate education, knowing that I did everything I could to take the appropriate measures to ensure that they successfully graduate and enter into adulthood with a plan." Wristen completed her BS in Secondary Education with a Certification to teach government/social studies at Capital University. She spent two years as a High School Teacher before working toward her JD at Capital University. She was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1974 and spent 28 years practicing law before forming Brookwood Academy, Inc. and its predecessor, Brookwood Community Learning Center.