By Maylea Brown
Let's get to know a new staff member of the West High Trojans. Her name is Kelly Ezell. She is a guidance counselor for West. She was born and grew up in Morristown, TN. Ezell attended West High School and graduated in 1996. She and her husband, Scott, live in the Witt area now. Kelly has 2 sons which attend Lincoln and Witt Elementary.
Ezell has recently spent 20 years at Meadowview Middle, 15 of which she served as their school counselor. Kelly felt “God changing the direction of her life and giving the desire to work with and serve our community's older teens and young people.” She is now excited to be giving back to the school that gave her so much and invested her life as a teenager.
Ezell went to Carson Newman University to earn both of her undergraduate and Master’s degrees. Her favorite thing about West High is the sense of community and family in the counseling office and throughout the building. She stated, “everyone has treated me so kindly and has answered all my (numerous) questions without hesitation! And i'm LOVING working with the students. You guys are too much fun! :) “
Ezell’s hobbies are reading, spending time with family and being outdoors. Ezell implied, “ Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are favorite Saturday spots!” Her sons are also a big part of her hobbies she suggested, “whatever they are doing is where i spend most of my time”
Ezell likes to watch the Tennessee Vols football and the Tennessee Titans.
She absolutely loves being a counselor. She commented, “I could never narrow this answer down to one thing. I love it all. Even on the hard days, being with our students and coming alongside to offer help, comfort, or just someone who will listen is my most favorite. We were not designed to go through life alone, and if I can make a difference for just one person every day, then I will have done what God called me to do. I love engaging people and being a part of their lives, even if just a small part. Life is short, but it is so sweet, and I hope that something I can do for someone or something that I say to them may help them realize that and enjoy the time they are given.”