To my new students and their families ... Welcome to third grade! I am looking forward to getting to know you in the months ahead! In the meantime, I thought you might like to learn some facts about me too. 

    Hmmm ... where should I start? Well, first of all, I live in Connecticut, not New York State. However, I grew up in New Paltz and went to the New Paltz schools just like many of you. Lenape was not built back then, so I attended Duzine for grades kindergarten through fifth. (Have you seen the framed picture of a man hanging by the office in Duzine? He was the principal when I was at Duzine! He always had a big smile on his face, just like in the picture.)
    I went to college in New Paltz as well. My first degree is in journalism. Do you know what journalism is? Journalism is the kind of true-fact writing you read in magazines and newspapers. It is informational (nonfiction) writing. Journalists are the people who research events or issues and then explain them to the rest of us in magazines and newspapers or on the computer, television or radio. I worked as a journalist for a time -- including as assistant editor at Hudson Valley Magazine. For that job, I had to make sure all the information printed in the magazine was correct. Although I enjoyed journalism, I decided to go back to school ... I decided I wanted to be a teacher!
    This will be my 26th year in the New Paltz School District. I live with my husband Marty, my son Thomas, who is 16 years old, and our Jack Russel terrier named Stanley. 
    Some of the things I love to do besides teaching are reading, gardening, taking photos, biking, walking and playing with my dog, Stanley, and -- most of all -- spending time with my family.
    Below is a picture of our garden. My husband and I wanted a hummingbird and butterfly garden, which we definitely have. (We love hummingbirds!) However, these days I call it a bee garden. We have more varieties of them than anything else!
    Here is a picture of Stanley and me on one of our walks. Isn't he the cutest? :)
    Stanley and Ms. Harris
    I am looking forward to a wonderful school year, and I hope you are too!  
    Ms. Harris
Last Modified on August 5, 2023