Margaret A. Ellibee
Pulaski Technical College[dropcap]M[/dropcap]argaret Ellibee started out thinking she was meant to go into the business field, but after her first week of student teaching she knew in her heart that she wanted to be an educator.
Ellibee is the president of Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock.
She is originally from Madison, Wisconsin and she chose to come here because her family moved here. After she graduated college, she moved to Arkansas to begin her first teaching job in Stuttgart.
Ellibee received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Iowa State University. She furthered her education and completed a Master of Science degree in general agriculture from the University of Arkansas. After receiving her master’s degree, she pursued her education even more and received a Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin.
She enjoys supporting and encouraging students along with seeing the future successes the students experience. Ellibee impacts students daily because of her strong leadership and her passion for Pulaski Tech’s students, families, faculty and staff.
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
First job: Checking Wisconsin’s nursing state board exams. It was just when bubble exam sheets came out. It was an unpaid position. My job was to look at the exam sheets and make sure that there was a bubble filled in on every single item.
Favorite food: Roast beef, potatoes and carrots.
Which word or phrase do you most overuse? “It is what it is” and “Here’s the deal.”
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I think it’s a combination. I’m very proud to be an employee of this institution and in that I’m very proud to be an educator with all of the other educational colleagues that are here.
What attracted you to you career? When I was at Iowa State, I was going into education. I thought I should go into business because I didn’t want to deal with kids, you know. I had to go out and student teach so I went out and at the end of the first week I knew this was supposed to be my job.
First big break: I think the opportunity to take that next step. I am forever thankful that I had that opportunity in Stuttgart. That step allowed me to take so many others. None of that would’ve been possible without mentors in each of those curb stops that I’ve had.
What do you love about what you do? There’s a lot. It’s the opportunity to be able to support students and see them succeed and then see how their success for academics and career can impact their families. That is just very cool. I can’t describe it. It gives you that internal motivation. It gives you that positive feeling. It’s why we do what we do. Graduation is something that I think all educators hold very dear because then you see that moment — the students and families celebrating their success.
Which living person do you most admire? My former state director Dr. Ann Benson. She is tremendously intelligent, great heart. She embodies not only what a good person is but a great leader.
What is the quality you most admire in other women? Intelligent confidence
Which talent would you most like to have? I would love to play the classical violin. I would love to play guitar. I have no musical aptitude whatsoever.
Do you have a personal motto? One that I think about a lot particularly in the world we live in is “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Photo by Jamison Mosley