Hero Pat Joy Ellis

By: Anna Smithson Email
By: Anna Smithson Email

"I ran across a quote from Booker T. Washington that really fits her: 'It's success if not measured by the title that you have but the obstacles you've overcome to get where you are'," said Monte Cassady, Franklin Simpson Middle School Principal about Pat Ellis

Hometown Hero, Pat Ellis, has overcome some pretty big set backs. She was struck by a car when she was seven years old and has been in a wheelchair ever since.

"Yet she continues to look at this world with not even a half full but all full (mentality). It's all good and you make the best of what you've got and keep on plugging on and doing great things," Cassady said.

Ellis didn't let her circumstances stop her. She graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor's, Masters and a Rank One.

"I don't think anyone in their right mind would describe Pat as handicap, especially not of the heart. She has probably the biggest heart of anyone that I know of because she's got room for just about anybody in there," said Commie Jo Hall, long time friend.

Ellis taught for28 years before retiring and even today she is still subbing.

"She's always thinking about other people and is so generous with her time and herself," Hall said.

Along with being an outstanding educator she is an even better friend and an inspiration to all.

"Probably the best friend I'll ever have. She is a very special lady, very special educator and i am very proud to call her my friend," Hall said.

"Every kid you see in this room every person you see in this building every friend I have in Franklin, they are the heroes because they have made me walk when I couldn't," Ellis said.

If you know an outstanding individual who would is deserving of the Hometown Hero spot light you can e-mail our hero account at hero@wbko.com.


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