Position: School Counselor
School: John C. Holmgreen Center
School District: Northside ISD
City, State: San Antonio, TX
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David Ely was nominated by his colleague, Tyler Smurr.
"I am nominating Mr. David Ely for LifeChanger of the Year because it is not often that I come across human beings who legitimately care so much about the students/children as he does," explains Smurr.
The John C. Holmgreen Center is a school that specializes in working with special education students who need closer to a one-on-one teaching experience. These students come to the Holmgreen Center because they need more help than their regular campus can provide. The students who come to the Holmgreen Center may also be a danger to themselves or others and require a campus where they can get the attention and help they need.
The Holmgreen Center is a middle and high school setting consisting of BMC and ALE students, and Mr. Ely is the counselor.
"I have been in education for 22 years, and I have never worked with a counselor who not only truly cares about the students, but also treats the students in such a kind and respectful way," said Smurr. "There is nothing that Mr. Ely won't do for our students. Anytime a student needs anything from clothes, school supplies, or somebody to talk to, Mr. Ely is always there for the students.
"I am also nominating Mr. Ely because he is an incredible coworker. He always has a smile on his face, a great attitude, and always has a great story to tell. I am nominating Mr. Ely for LifeChanger of the Year because he truly changes people's lives," said Smurr.