Winston-Salem State University held a vigil to celebrate the life of alumnus Rodney Ellis.
Rodney Ellis was an advocate for public education and was a firefighter.
Ellis worked as a teacher for Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools in 1999. He won Teacher of the Year honor for the 2000-20001 school year.
As well as many awards Ellis was also elected president of the Forsyth County Association of Educators. He was the first black man to hold the position.
“Winston-Salem State University is deeply saddened by the recent passing of Rodney Ellis ’99,” said WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson. “During his time at WSSU, Mr. Ellis was an excellent student, leader, and mentor. After his graduation, he remained connected to the university, mentoring our students and engaging with our faculty. He was a passionate advocate for teachers and the issues they face inside and outside the classroom. His devotion to education and to students will be sorely missed across this state. The Winston-Salem State University community is grieving the loss of this exceptional man.”
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