Ellis honored with reception

Photo By Rick Harris
Co-workers honored Dr. Shirley Ellis with a reception Wednesday after the state Department of Education named her Supervisor of the Year in Nashville last week. Ellis is director of federal programs for Carter County Schools.

By Lesley Hughes
star staff

  Co-workers, Carter County School Board members and family members hosted a surprise celebration party for Dr. Shirley Ellis in honor of her being named Supervisor of the Year by the state Department of Education last week.
  Ellis received the award at the Third Annual Tennessee Educational Leadership Conference at the Nashville Convention Center.
  She was chosen from six finalists to receive a trophy and a check for $1,000. On Tuesday, she donated the check to Hampton High School and the Walter Buck Van Huss Scholarship Fund, which was established when Ellis was principal at the high school for seven years. Danny McClain, principal of Hampton High School, accepted the check.
  Fellow supervisors and Central Office employees organized the reception, complete with Ellis' family and pet miniature dachshund, Brisco Darling Ellis, being invited.
  Director of Schools Dallas Williams said, "All the people know her as a dedicated, loyal, hardworking supervisor. We love you and appreciate you."
  Ellis said, "I was told we were having a supervisors' meeting at 1:30 this afternoon." Instead of having to take care of business, Ellis was invited to partake in cake and punch while people congratulated her.
  Before she won the award, Ellis would say "what an honor" to be part of six nominees. Once her name was announced, she told the audience, "I must say to you today what a joy!"
  In her acceptance speech she said, "If effective schools are the result of effective leadership then surely effective supervision leads to improvement in principal and teacher skills and student performance. Then I held the trophy over my head and said, 'Carter County, this is for you.'"