While employed at the Illinois Youth Center, Harris said he gained valuable experience working with troubled kids, many of whom just needed some guidance to get them on the right path. He hopes he can help more young people as a principal.
“I think I can relate to certain kids more so than someone who hasn’t had these experiences,” Harris said.
Harris was hired at Webber Township High School to replace former principal Jennifer Martin, who stepped down to return to teaching.
The school’s Board of Education received a number of applications for Martin’s position, but board members were impressed with Harris’ criminal justice background.
They also responded to the fact that Harris had been a school board member himself and a coach, said Scott Porter, superintendent of Webber Township High School and the Bluford Elementary School District.
“He comes to us with a unique background,” Porter said of Harris. “He’s had a wealth of experiences we thought were interesting.”
Harris lives with his wife, Beth, in Thompsonville. They have two daughters – Kennedy, 13, and Kameryn, 10.