Katie, TX (KTRK) – Katie ISD says that more than 1,200 teachers will join classes this school year. Not all of them are necessarily new to teaching, but they are all new to the area.
“I think the important advice I give is, forget the subject you are studying, be yourself. Learn who you are because the kids need to make connection. You may be the smartest person in the chemistry in the building, but if you can’t connect with the kids, you won’t,” said teacher Chris Harris. They learn.”
Advice comes naturally to the English teacher at Taylor High School, who has been teaching, mentoring and motivating students for nearly three decades.
“Beginning in my 29th year, we’re all here in Taylor,” Harris said.
With that, his career has been more than just classroom lessons.
He has inspired students with his passion for good stories, solid grammar, and deep writing. But if you ask him, his job is more than just teaching a subject.
“It’s so much more than the content you’re hired to teach,” Harris said. “You’re teaching life skills. You’re learning how to fit in, how to get along.”
His English teaching peers are quick to share his special talent.
“What I like most about him is his ability to connect with kids,” said teacher Matt Apple, “and he’s not just a type of kid, but all kinds of kids.”
“He always puts the kids first,” said teacher Lisa O’Neill. “Every day before the pandemic, we would shake hands, but after shaking hands with every child who walks in the door, he welcomes them as they walk in the door.” .
This makes him a beloved favorite teacher at Taylor High School.
“He’s very caring, kind, caring about his students, and we felt cared,” said Kathryn Childers, a 2009 graduate student.
“It definitely sparked a love of reading again for me in my senior year,” said Henley Beisert, graduate of 2021.
“A very funny, professional, intelligent guy,” said Nick Dombales, alumnus of 2010.
“My whole life, my whole career boils down to my schedule with him as a new student,” said Siba Green, who followed in his footsteps and became an English teacher herself. “I mean, I went to college to be an English teacher.”
“Teaching is more about building relationships than teaching a subject, teaching a subject, and I think I am very good at communicating with children,” Harris said.
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