Posted on 02/05/2024

Board President Rev. Randall ParkerCrystal Ellis, and Dr. Durant (L-R) pose in front of artwork created by students at Glenwood Elementary to celebrate Crystal Ellis Day, designed to kick off Black History Month around the district.


Ellis took time to speak with some of the Glenwood artists, as they learned about him becoming the first African American to serve as TPS superintendent. A story aired by WTVG-TV was picked up by a variety of TV stations across the country. We're TPS Proud of Mr. Ellis!


Below left: Students at Old Orchard Elementary also learned about Mr. Ellis and wrote letters that'll be mailed to him to read.


Below center: Staff at Raymer Elementary wore TPS Spirit wear as a way to honor the former superintendent. Crystal Ellis Day will be celebrated the first Friday of every February.


Below rightCarol Lanigan (left), a retired long-term sub for TPS, created a poster with Edgewater Elementary first graders to celebrate the special day.


Students at Old Orchard ElementaryStaff at Raymerposter with Edgewater Elementary