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Tim Ellis Remembered

Spring break marks the first anniversary of the loss of our 20-year music teacher and Portland legend,

To continue helping our students with healthy grief, we held a joyful and inspiring chapel service to honor his memory and celebrate his great life.

We remember that although Tim’s classes had the reputation of being some of the most rigorous on campus, they were consistently popular electives for two decades. That’s because Mr. Ellis had a contagious motivating spirit that inspired learning. His personality electrified the classroom and the students responded with enthusiastic curiosity and drive, as you can see in the video below.

Mr. Ellis modeled a fine example of a Christ-centered and character-driven life. He took his craft very seriously as well as his vows and commitments to his family and to God. Our school is better because of Tim.

The chapel featured many special presentations and we were incredibly gifted with special guests, including Tim’s wife, Susan.

PAA senior Isidro Chan who shared about the positive impact Tim had on his life.

A local Christian musician and one of Tim’s musical friends, Leah Brown came to speak about Tim’s life and shared music that was relevant to Tim’s legacy of faith and character.

Samantha and Skyler Torgerson performed a haunting and beautiful version of “Hallelujah,” one of Tim’s favorite songs.

Our worship leaders led students through a joyful Tim Ellis arrangement of the song “Everlasting God.” You can tell 

Ivan Danilich and Chelsea Gibson, two of Tim’s students, were especially happy to be sharing one of Tim’s great songs.

In three short years, our future students will have never known Tim Ellis. But they will certainly continue to benefit from the music program he helped establish and the very high standards he set. Our school is a great place because of Tim.


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