Doug Ellington is a math teacher at Greenwood Community Middle School.
He was recently named a teacher of the year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Reporter Magen Kritsch recently asked him the following questions:
Why did you want to become a teacher?
I was inspired by my senior year calculus teacher, Mr. Shah, and the movie, “Lean on Me.”
What is your favorite math concept to teach?
I enjoy teaching proportions and percents because it relates easily to the real world and involves statistical analysis.
If you weren’t teaching, what would you be doing?
Probably following the footsteps of Bill James and doing sabometrics for a sports team, as in “Moneyball.”
Name one thing you have learned from a student:
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A faithful and caring husband to my wife, a wise and supportive father to my six children, a trusted friend, an active member of my community and a better educator than I am today.
What happened on the happiest day of your life, thus far?
I’ll let you know at the end of today. I believe happiness is a state of mind, not a result of our condition.
What is your favorite aisle in the grocery store?
Frozen food, especially the ice cream
What reality show would you be on?
“Biggest Loser,” because Jillian (Michaels) speaks my language.
Name a book that has influenced your life:
“In a Pit, with a Lion, on a Snowy Day,” by Mark Batterson
How many text messages do you send in a month? 50
Who is your celebrity
John Candy as Dewey “Ox” Oxberger in “Stripes”
If you won a million dollars, what is the first thing you would buy?
A trip to wherever my family desired.