Racquel L. Harris, MSA
These profound words, spoken by the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, Mariam Wright Edelman, have become a deep rooted belief for Racquel L. Harris, educational leader. Ms. Harris is a native of Milton, North Carolina, where she grew up in a home full of educators. Both of her parents were teachers and taught her the power of knowledge and community fortitude. Ms. Harris is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in History, and then processed to earn a K-6 Elementary Education Certification from North Carolina Central University. She received a Master of School Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ms. Harris has served as an educator for over 13 years. She began her career in the public schools of the Alamance-Burlington, North Carolina school system and taught for 8 years as an elementary school teacher in Durham, North Carolina. After serving as an assistant principal in a middle school for three years in Orange County, North Carolina, Ms. Harris moved to Georgia and spent the last year working as an Assistant Principal at Langston Hughes High School in Fairburn, Georgia.
Ms. Harris is a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative leader. She believes that all decisions should be made based on “what is best for students”, and as a leader, inspires her staff to believe the same. During her tenure as an assistant principal, Ms. Harris has accomplished much in the efforts to improve student achievement and empower students. As a middle school assistant principal, Ms. Harris created a leadership program that worked with Duke University in Durham, North Carolina to teach students leadership skills. She piloted her school in the implementation of a Laptop Initiative that provided laptops to all students. While serving as a high school assistant principal this past school year, she also led the implementation process of the college preparatory program named AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination).
Ms. Harris is a leader who has instituted a culture of rigor and results that is shared among all school stakeholders. Fulton County is pleased to add such an esteemed leader to the South Learning Community and Feldwood Elementary School.