Les Brown once said, “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” Anyone who has ever been in a room with Ella Oulds can feel her positive energy and the difference she is making, not only in her own life, but in the lives of others as well. When Ella enters a classroom, she sets it on fire with her humor, her positive attitude, and her willingness to help others.
There is never a dull moment when Ella is around. She constantly encourages others to work hard and give one hundred percent on everything they do. Quitting is not an option when Ella gets involved. She worked full-time while attending night classes for over two years to earn her GED. Now at the age of 52, Ella reflects on why she dropped out of school: “I was suffering from medical complications due to pregnancy, and I stayed home with my premature baby.”
Throughout the two years, Ella rarely ever missed a class; and when others were absent, she called to check on them. Ella worked very hard to get her GED this year. She explains why she was prompted to get her GED credential: “I wanted to do something for myself and also be a good example for my children.” As a result, she made it a habit to study something each night at home. Reflecting back, she shares about one of the biggest challenges that she faced through the process of completing the program: “My biggest obstacle was learning more about computers and technology.” However, she was determined and forced herself to embrace new technology by using her computer and applications on her phone to help prepare for the GED tests.
After earning her GED credential, Ella continued to attend evening classes to help others prepare for the RLA test. Although she was very proud to earn her GED, coming back to help others do the same has been the best part and a new blessing in her life. She is our greatest cheerleader, and her enthusiasm for learning is contagious.