Produced by Laura Mellett; edited by Brian Diggs; cinematography Brian Diggs & Chela Giraldo

He believes teachers, like Mrs. Ellison, are the ultimate role models and credits her with his success today. “You learn so much about how to treat other people from your teachers. When you had those good teachers, it just makes the rest of your life so much easier because they’re always there with you.” 

Ellison says she always knew Jones would have a successful career working with people, “He was smart, he was vocal, he could do everything he wanted to do. I knew he would have a good future.”

She adds that the greatest joy of her career is seeing former students as adults, meeting their families, and seeing all they have accomplished. “That is very special to me.”