By Renee Williams, Photo Credit: John Harpring

Rachel ellis, 35 is a Swim Team Head Coach and retired from the U.S. Army. Some of Rachel’s community involvement includes working  with children at Episcopal Day School, working with developmental groups at the Aiken-Augusta Swim League, working with children who have physical and mental disabilities in Blaze Sports Swim Team and collaborating with the Wounded Warrior Swim Team. Rachel has two cats and one dog. She was born and raised in Austin, Tx. and is a Longhorns fan. Her signature dish is a Queso Cheese Dip that friends always request at parties. Rachel loves kids and has a passion for helping others. Her greatest hope is to get married, have kids and start her own family.

One word you would use to describe yourself? Perseverance. I’ve been through a lot growing up and as an adult. When I’m having a hard time, I always come back to my mantra, “I’m strong. I’m confident and I can do anything.”

If you could have any job, what would you choose? I absolutely love kids and have always wanted to be an elementary school teacher.

What quality do you most admire the most? Honesty.

What’s your favorite food? As a swimmer, I love pasta but as a Texan I love some good Mexican food and a nice slab of brisket.

If you had a super power, what would it be? I would love to fly and transform into the pre-historic warrior I was meant to be-a Pterodactyl.

What are you reading right now? Daring Greatly by Brené Brown.

Is there an important life lesson you’ve learned? I was mentally and emotionally abused growing up and then physically injured in the military. I didn’t understand at the time why I was being drawn to the lotus flower but I wrote a poem and finally realized that in order for me to bloom and blossom, I had to fight through all the mud, muck and toxic relationships in my life in order to finally be me, to be free and to be happy.

Favorite TV show: Dexter, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy and Prison Break, etc.

Song playing in your head:  I just saw The Greatest Showman for the first time and I can’t get the song Rewrite the Stars out of my head.

This article appears in the February 2018 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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