The Honorable & Mrs. Jimmy Pool
Ellie Pool, Class of 2015
We adopted our daughter Ellie from Kazan, Russia. She was a premature baby and quite small. She was only 14 pounds when we brought her home when she had just turned one year old. We had a great deal of difficulty getting her to gain weight, but she came along.
We were aware of Holy Cross Episcopal School because friends had sent their children there and were so encouraging to us. When we visited Holy Cross, we were convinced that it was right for us and Ellie and were elated when she was accepted for kindergarten. Ellie was bashful and lacked self-confidence and her slight learning difficulties presented some challenges. She was met with much love, caring, and nurturing at Holy Cross.
Ellie loved her teachers, staff, and classmates, and looked forward to going to school every day. As time went by, Ellie emerged from her shell and began to do quite well academically. Her bashfulness subsided as her self-confidence grew. She took piano and engaged in recitals in the wonderful Chapel. Ellie took pride in appearing in productions in front of others. When she graduated sixth grade, the faculty selected Ellie to receive the Melanie Kelley Award for scholarship, leadership, character, and service.
Ellie decided she wanted to go to Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School after we visited every private school in Montgomery. She made this decision on her own even though she would be going without any accompanying friends from Holy Cross. Ellie’s grades have been great at Catholic, a testament to the foundation she received from Holy Cross. She has been elected as class representative for seventh and eighth grade, even though many of her classmates had known each other for years, another indicator of the outgoing personality and confident character that she has developed.
Holy Cross is simply the finest school of its type in Montgomery, and maybe anywhere. We highly recommend this school to other families.
Jimmy and Carol Pool