LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Aaron Ellis

Position: Retiring School Counselor
School: Jefferson Elementary Center
School District: Wood County Schools
City, State: Parkersburg, WV

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Aaron Ellis was nominated by a colleague, Jeanna Plumly.

Mr. Ellis started working at Jefferson Elementary Center in Parkersburg, WV in 1993. He has spent the last 29 years working with students of low socio-economic backgrounds. In addition to providing group and one-on-one counseling, Mr. Ellis is known for buying shoes and meals for children. He has also provided Christmas gifts for families for years. He has been the boys' and girls' basketball coach for many years and continues to be the track coach for students.

"Aaron retires this year and should be recognized for his continued support to the county and our school," said Plumly.


Comments (17)

aleatha ellis Posted over a year ago

Aaron has been such an amazing role model and I think he is very deserve of this award

Jolene Sink Posted over a year ago

I have known Aaron Ellis for 30 years. He was my guidance counselor at Murphytown Elementary and my daughters both grew up around him either as a coach or a counselor. They had the opportunity to grow with his wise words and they took every word to heart when he mentored them. I will be forever grateful that we have kept in touch over the years. This man and his family are wonderful people. I could not think of anyone more deserving than him.

Jasmine Toussaint Posted over a year ago

Mr.Ellis has helped me so much during basketball helping me become the best I can be and more and when I could never focus he found other ways to help me and I am truly grateful for him thank you :))

Kailee Posted over a year ago

He was the best coach ALIVE!! Made me who I am today so grateful for this amazing Coach and Human Being! <3

Carley Gray Posted over a year ago

Always giving me rides home and being kind enough to ask me how my day was and always making sure everything was good!!

Haleigh Bennett Posted over a year ago

Mr.Ellis was a strong supporter of every student he met. I remember I was so interested in playing basketball but my family did not have a lot of money and he helped me out and let me play on the team. This was a big deal to me and is something I have never forgotten. Typically most people don’t remember their elementary school counselor but Mr.Ellis is someone you don’t forget, any chance he got he would encourage people to do their best and to be their best. Mr.Ellis has impacted the lives of so many students in his almost 30 years.

Aryon Marshall Posted over a year ago

Mr. Ellis helped develop my love for basketball, and I was able to continue that passion throughout high school. He helped give me additional confidence despite only playing for a year, and inspired me to keep playing further. He also provided me with a number of memories from school including learning about being a “kool koala”. I appreciate everything he’s done for me and my classmates.

Carolyn Mitchell Posted over a year ago

I started out as Aaron being my mentor when I was a Marshall University student. He was always willing to help me any way he could to show me how to be a great counselor. He has been a mentor to many of the counselors in Wood County. He has been a counselor in Wood County for 29 years, among that time he has been a coach for many sports at Jefferson Elementary and Vandy Middle School. I have honor to work with Aaron many different times at Jefferson Elementary . He has worked with students in the classroom and individually. He has made sure students and their families had Christmas and Thanksgiving, by getting food for them and gifts when needed. When in the community there is rarely a time that people won't come up to him and say, "Mr. Ellis, remember me I was your student 10-20 years ago" . I can't think of any individual person more deserving then Aaron Ellis to receive the Life Changer Aware, because Mr. Ellis has changed so many lives in Wood County, which changes many generations for years to come. Thank you , Aaron Elis for your kindness and wonderful lessons in life.

Jeanna Plumly Posted over a year ago

Aaron is much-deserving of this award.

Megan Backus Posted over a year ago

I have worked with Mr. Ellis for many years. He has been a dedicated school counselor and coach of many sports such as track, basketball and football. Mr. Ellis has fostered an open door concept and is always willing to support the students in our school and other surrounding schools.

Caitlin Freeland Posted over a year ago

Mr. Ellis is a joy to work with and to watch him eagerly engage students. He is always there for the students, making sure that they feel loved and welcomed at school. Not only does Mr.Ellis makes sure the students feel this way, but he makes the staff feel the same way. He is always up for a conversation about school, personal life or basketball. I have worked with Mr. Ellis since my very first year of teaching and I am so glad I had that opportunity. Mr. Ellis has changed lives and continues to change lives. He has definitely changed mine! Thank you Mr. Ellis for everything you do!

Wendy Stanphill Posted over a year ago


Brandy Thompson Posted over a year ago

Mr Ellis thank you for always going above and beyond for our students. You’re truly an inspiration to all of us. You’ll be missed - ??

Joe Colombo Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on being nominated for "Life Changer of the Year", Mr. Ellis. It's amazing to think of all the lives you've touched and changed over all these years of working with so many kids. You're a Life Changer and an Inspiration to so many. And best wishes as you begin your retirement. I know you'll be missed at JEC.

Cathy Flint Posted over a year ago

Mr. Ellis is a kind gentleman and a great contributor to education in all aspects. He has a Special gift that enables him to relate and communicate with all students. He will be missed dearly!

Jeni Hopkins Posted over a year ago

Aaron is deserving of this award. He has been a consistent gave to our students and families over the years. He has helped generations of families over the past 30 years. He is a caring individual who goes out of his way to help students, their families, and our staff. He will be sadly missed.

Megan Backus Posted over a year ago

Aaron has been a colleague for many years. He is dedicated to his profession and is very supportive of our staff and students. He is a devoted counselor and coach year after year; sharing his love of sports and teamwork with so many children.