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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.


Contact Information

  • Position Title: Teacher
  • E-mail address: dharris@haywood.k12.nc.us

Contact Us

  • Clyde Elementary School
  • Byron Burnette, Principal
  • 4182 Old Clyde Rd. Clyde, NC 28721
  • 828.627.2206
  • 828.627.1471