Meet the New Teachers! – Leigh Ellis

Meet the New Teachers! - Leigh Ellis

Gressa Gaustad, Journalist

  1. Where did you grow up?

Tallahassee, Florida but I’m not a Florida State fan.


  1. Where did you go to High School?

Germantown High School


  1. What did you enjoy studying in High School?

English and History


  1. What extracurricular activities did you participate in in High School?

Spanish Club, my church youth group, and the Student Council for Exceptional Children


  1. Where did you go to college?

University of Memphis


  1. What did you study/participate in in college?

I majored in Special Education and spent a lot of time participating in student activities such as Greek life, student activities council, and prospective student recruitment.


  1. What class(es) do you teach here at Houston?

I am the transitional case manager, so I work with various students to ensure they have a smooth transition from high school to a post-secondary program or work.


  1. What prompted you to study to teach this subject?

I taught or worked with students with exceptional needs in all age groups, and high schoolers are definitely my favorite.


  1. Have you ever taught before? If so, where and for how long?

I began teaching elementary special education with Shelby County Schools for two years right out of college, and then moved to Madonna Learning Center for 12 years before HHS. At Madonna Learning Center, I taught junior high, high school, and worked as an administrator in the adult program.  


  1. What prompted you to apply at Houston?

This is a new position to GMSD, and I loved the idea of helping more students reach their goals.


  1. How are you enjoying the school so far?

It has been great! This is a big change from the small school I came from, but everyone has gone out of their way to make me feel at home.


  1. What’s your favorite part about Houston High?

The staff and administration are so supportive.


  1. What’s your favorite part about being a teacher?

Helping students become successful and independent adults.


  1. How is working at Houston different from what you’ve done before?

My previous job was a very small school with a small staff, I’m not used to being around so many people.