Less than six months after a new superintendent took over the top post in the Alcorn School District, a new second in command has come onboard.
With the blessing of Superintendent Bill Brand, Angela Harris joined the local staff as assistant superintendent on June 1.
“We’ve gotten a good one with Ms. Harris,” Brand said during a recent Board of Education meeting.
Harris comes to Alcorn County from the North Tippah School District where she worked as federal programs director and math curriculum coordinator for about the last six months. She also has had stints as Falkner Elementary School principal and Pontotoc Middle School instructional coach, lead teacher and assistant principal. Her time as an administrator totals four years.
“I am very passionate about quality instruction and creating a learning environment full of opportunities that not only grows students academically but offers them the liberty to collaborate, problem solve, explore and inevitably love learning,” said Harris. “As a classroom teacher, I enjoyed seeing my students get excited about what they were doing in the classroom, and this has carried over into my leadership of other educators.”
Prior to her leadership roles, she spent five years in the fifth grade classroom at Pontotoc Middle School. In 2013, Harris was recognized as Teacher of the Year.
“She also served as mentor to new teachers, clinical instructor for junior and senior teacher candidates, provided training for educational technology and more,” added Brand. “As a multi-faceted educator, she brings much talent and opportunity to the Alcorn School District.”
Harris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Mississippi with a K-12 certification in English and concentration in Fine Arts. While a student at Ole Miss, Harris was awarded the Taylor Medal for academic achievements. She later completed her Master’s Degree from Arkansas State University in Educational Leadership.
According to Brand, Harris will be wearing many hats in the district including taking over the district test coordinator position previously held by Travis Smith. Smith has moved to the Alcorn Central Middle School to take over principal duties.
“She will put a focus on middle school curriculum, communications and safety and security, as well,” said Brand.
Harris will also serve the district in instructional technology ahead of the district’s 1:1 expansion.
Brand said he hopes Harris can also assist in integrating innovative programs and arts into the classroom in the future.