Lisa Ellis left the law, she says, to go back to her first love – high school English.
|Lisa Ellis, a CECH teaching intern at Glen Este High School.|
Ellis is spending a year-long teaching internship at Glen Este High School, teaching 11th grade English, as part of UC’s partnership with West Clermont Schools. She serves as the teacher of record, teaching three classes and earning a stipend from the school district to support her tuition. She says she’s interested in teaching high school literature.
“I had thought about teaching before,” she says. “I remember reading Shakespeare to take a break from my studies in law school. I have a full-size Oxford English dictionary. I should be teaching English,” she says.
She adds that she couldn’t think of anywhere else to pursue a career change than UC. “I live in Cincinnati. I know that UC is a fine university and I knew the teaching program was well respected, too,” she says. Ellis says her entire education was through the Ohio public school system, and that she’s interested in teaching in the public schools.
Chet Laine, UC associate professor of teacher education, adds that Ellis is an excellent student. She received an Educational Testing Service Recognition of Excellence Award, meaning she scored in the top 15 percent in the nation for both of the PRAXIS II examinations required of Ohio English teachers, “English Language, Literature and Composition,” and “Principles of Learning and Teaching.”
“To achieve this recognition is rare,” Laine says. “To receive this recognition in two areas is very rare.”
Ellis says she doesn’t believe it’s ever too late to pursue a change that can turn out to be very fulfilling. “Why be unhappy for another 20-to-30 years just because of what you’re doing? My advice is, if you want to do it, do it. It will be hard, but you’ll find in yourself what you know and what you’ve learned and how valuable that is.”