My name is Donna Harris, and I’m the pre-K teacher at Clyde. My career as an early childhood educator has been an exciting adventure so far! After earning a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Winthrop University, I taught in South Texas on the Texas-Mexico border as part of the Teach for America Program. Following that, I moved to Washington, D.C., and taught in the preschool for the Department of Justice. We even got to take the students trick-or-treating at the Attorney General’s office! Working in that capacity, I became interested in atypical development in young children and decided to follow this interest by going to graduate school. In 2008, I earned a master’s degree in Birth-Kindergarten Education from Western Carolina University. While in grad school, I fell in love with the NC mountains, bought a house, and put down roots in Cullowhee. I have taught pre-K, kindergarten, and second grade since leaving graduate school, but pre-K remains my favorite grade. I am thrilled to be the first pre-K teacher at Clyde Elementary School!
When I am not at school, you can find me reading, walking my two cute dogs (Luvee and Chap), or playing guitar. I also love hiking, gardening, and spending time outdoors.
I am so happy that my teaching career has brought me to Clyde Elementary School. I have enjoyed getting to know the wonderful faculty, staff, families, and children who are a part of the Clyde family and know this is going to be a great year!
Fun Facts about you:
I have hiked in a cloud forest in Nicaragua and visited Greece, Italy, and Mexico.