Elissa was born in Manchester, England and has a BSc Joint Honours degree in History and Sociology. After coming to live in Israel in 1981, she retrained as an English teacher at Tel Aviv University with a BEd and later obtained a Masters degree from The College of New Jersey. Elissa has worked in high schools in Israel for thirty years. The last ten years have been devoted to teaching academic English at Universities and Colleges including Ruppin Academy, Ben Gurion University and Levinsky College. She is very interested in environmental issues, anthropology, history, archaeology and art. She has lived on Kibbutz Ketura since 2009.