After several years in legal practice, and as Director of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Allegheny Watershed Network, Rick Malmstrom transitioned to teaching in 1997, and has been at The Ellis School ever since. Rick’s primary instructional focus at Ellis is on American history and governance.
Rick received his B.A. in Political Science at Skidmore College and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has been teaching at The Ellis School, an independent girls school (K-12) in Pittsburgh for the last 18 years. In recent years, his teaching has expanded to include a class called Voice+Vision, which he co-developed and teaches with two other educators from Ellis. Voice & Vision is intended to foster a more intentional, inquiry-based strategy for research and media making, one that is purposeful, designed to have impact, and to effect change. As they investigate the local origins, impacts and interconnections of significant global issues such as environmental sustainability, gender equity, and civil rights, students use a diverse range of digital media and other creative tools to. Working in collaboration with other schools as a part of the Adobe Youth Voices global network, and partnering with local organizations such as the Powdermill Nature Reserve and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, students explore and investigate current issues as they develop and “create with purpose” using ideation, collaboration, flexibility and persistence.