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Dr. Dale Ellis: Class of 1992

Dr. Dale Ellis
North Wilkes High School Alumni
Dr. Dale Ellis

Q: Year graduated from North Wilkes:
A: 1992
Q: List any education/degrees beyond high school:
A: Bachelor's Degree - Secondary Education and Social Studies, Masters in Business Administration, Doctorate in Educational Leadership
Q: List Professional/Career Experience and why you chose your career path:
A: I have been a Social Studies Teacher, Football and Wrestling Coach. I moved into School Administration to include Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education and Associate Superintendent of Human Resources. Currently I serve as Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools in Troy, NC. I chose an education career path because of the wonderful teachers I had at North Wilkes. I remember very fondly Jerry Swaim, Jeff Peal, Jeff Duff, Angela Vandette, and Sharron Huffman to name just a few. We learned a lot and had a great time in high school. Education is an awesome career and the opportunities are truly unlimited.
Q: If you could go back and give yourself advice as a high school student, what advice would you give and why. What advice would you give to high school students today?
A: I would tell myself to study harder and work harder. The road ahead, no matter which one you take, is going to be harder than the one you've traveled to get through high school. It is manageable, but you want to be the best prepared as possible. I would tell students today that your education is what YOU make of it. No one else. Work hard and the fruits of that labor will pay off. And always remember that pay off comes in God's time, not yours.
Q: Do you have a special memory from your time at North?
A: I remember it all as being the best time of my life. Life has been good to me and I have been blessed with a wonderful wife and three wonderful children. But, even with my many blessings, I will always remember my time at North Wilkes, with my friends, with the football and wrestling teams, as truly special.
Q: How has your NWHS education and experiences positively impacted your life?
A: I loved my coaches and teachers. If I had to pick just one, it would be Jerry Swaim. He was my 11th grade U.S. History teacher. He is the reason I chose to become a social studies teacher.
Q: Any special honor or accomplishment since high school you would like to share?
A: I have been honored to give presentations at various conferences and I have consulted all over the state and in a number of different states across the country. The two biggest honors I have received was speaking at my college graduation at Appalachian State when I received my Doctorate in Educational Leadership. I was also proud to provide a scholarship at North Wilkes in the name of my father. I look forward to continuing that tradition when I get my own children through college.