Alumnus David Ellis graduated in 2012 and went to Harding University. While in high school Ellis played football.
What have you done since high school?
“Attended Harding University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and minor in Social Scienc,” Ellis said. “Currently in second year of teaching 8th grade U.S. History and head football coach at Barnett Junior HS in Arlington.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I wanted to become a teacher and coach because I was influenced in middle school to pursue this profession by a former coach/teacher,” Ellis said.
What did you learn in high school that affected you later?
“In high school, I learned how to take ownership of my learning experience and made it my own,” Ellis said. “In college, you get out as much effort as you put in. I learned that no one was going to do the hard work for you so it was essential to create good habits and work ethic that carried over into college.”
Explain your job now.
“I am currently in my second year of teaching 8th grade U.S. History at Barnett Junior HS and head coach of football, boys coach of 7th grade basketball, and boys coach of 7th grade soccer,” Ellis said.
What are your plans for the future?
“My current plans for the future is to teach and coach at the high school level within the next 5 years, if God presents the opportunity in my life,” Ellis said.
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“My advice to the high schoolers is to create a foundation that you will carry into college, with strong ethics and habits that will propel you to become a better individual and to achieve your goals that you set out,” Ellis said. “I would also advise to spend as much time creating healthy relationships with teachers, coaches, and other students as you can.”