A BGSU graduate in 1985 with a degree in Education, specializing in 9-12 secondary education she has seen many children and many changes in her tenure. She was moved to return to BG earning a Masters in Counseling. She has never moved into a counselor position as she believes she can touch more students in the classroom. She has learned to tell at a glance if a student is struggling with life and that has led her to help them on a number of occasions. Students these day have issues and different roles affecting learning. “Today survival is first, education is second to many students.”
Ellen spends few hours a day away from the school during a school week. She arrives at 6 a.m. and stays until 430 p.m. most days prepping lessons and being there if students need extra help. When she does get away she loves to walk, spend time with family. She has two daughters and spends Saturday morning working out at the gym and talking over breakfast with them. She is active at Cedar Creek church on Sunday.
One of four children, Ellen was raised by parents Paul and Jean who taught her to be a hard worker and compassionate and caring. She was also inspired by her basketball coach to “always get better.”
Ellen strives each day to “do the best I can, to put aside what I might be feeling and make somebody’s day better.” She often hand writes notes to her students on progress reports. “I hope every kid knows I care.”