Born into a St. Louis family with roots extending back a couple hundred years, Zellie is truly a native St. Louisan. This fact likely accounts for the certain migratory restlessness of her earliest years. At the age of 13, she went off to boarding school in Monterey, CA, and then hit the opposite coast for college studies at Yale. She graduated in history, dabbled in early 90’s multimedia, founded her own web-design company, turned down a position as the number three hire at a Palo Alto company later bought up by Yahoo (yes, she says that one still hurts) and eventually earned a PhD in classics at WashU. It was in this last role that she uncovered a passion both for teaching ancient studies and working with young, bright students, whence, her present and wonderful career teaching in classics and advising. Among other roles as an assistant dean, Zellie guides high-achieving students through the competitive process of applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships.
On the personal side, she married a college classmate, the strapping eight-man on the ’94 rugby team, John McClelland of Bozeman, MT. She has three kiddos: Jack, Claire and Christopher. She runs, ride horses at her family farm in Augusta, MO, and reads constantly. Naturally, she loves Cardinals baseball, and through her students — who share all they are learning from the ancient norias of Hama to the birth of stars beyond our universe — she still satisfies that early migratory impulse and is filled with wonder at the world.