Degrees and Certifications:
The University of Alabama Educational Leadership - Administration Certification, August 2016 The University of Alabama Educational Specialist, August 2015 Major: Educational Leadership with concentration in Instructional Technology The Univeristy of South Alabama Gifted Certification, December 2006 The University of Montevallo Master of Education, May 1991 Major: Secondary Education - Science The University of Montevallo, Bachelor of Science, August 1989 Major: Chemistry Minor: English
Mrs. Elisa Harris, Gifted Program Coordinator
I am excited to begin my twenty-first year in education and my eighteenth in Hartselle City Schools. I am originally from Tuscaloosa and a graduate of Hillcrest High School, the University of Montevallo, and the University of Alabama. I began my teaching career at Shelby County High School in Columbiana, Alabama. When my husband completed Optometry School at UAB in 1995, we moved our small family of three to Decatur where he began practicing Optometry at Decatur Eye Institute.
In 1995 I began teaching Chemistry and Physical Science part-time at Wallace State Community College until deciding to stay at home with our two children. We moved to Hartselle in 1996 because of the outstanding reputation of the school system. It was after our third child started first grade in 2005 that I decided to return to teaching. I taught third through eighth grade Gifted for five years at Barkley Bridge and Hartselle Junior High. I then moved to Hartselle Junior High full-time to teach sixth through eighth grade gifted. I started Hartselle Junior High's first robotics and Science Olympiad teams. After seven years of coaching robotics, I left the classroom to become the Instructional Partner and Instructional Technology Facilitator at Crestline Elementary. I had the opportunity in 2018 to return to the classroom at Hartselle High School and begin the Manufacturing Academy. I earned industry credentials to teach Advanced Manufacturing dual enrollment courses and build the program. I am also an A Plus Middle School Computer Science E3 facilitator, which keeps me very busy during the summer training teachers across our state.
I developed an interest in educational technologies and decided to go back to school to earn my Educational Specialist degree (which I completed in 2016) and I have also finished all of my course work for the Instructional Technology - Instructional Specialist Doctoral Program at the University of Alabama and have my dissertation remaining.
My Family . . .
I am married to Kevin Harris, who is an Optometrist in Decatur, Alabama and we are the parents of three children. Sam is a 2012 Hartselle High School graduate and a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is married to Meagan and working as a Mechanical Engineer in Mobile, Alabama. Shelby is a 2014 graduate of Hartselle High School and is a graduate of the University of Alabama with an Environmental Engineering degree. Cy is a 2017 graduate of Hartselle High School and a graduate of Martin Methodist College where he earned a math degree and played baseball for four years. We also have our two fur babies, Smalls and Rookie, that keep us entertained and fill our empty nest. Smalls is our 150 pound Bullmastiff and Rookie is 130 pound Bernese Mountain dog. They are the sweetest boys.
My Favorites . . .
I love Hallmark Christmas movies and my favorite television shows are Big Bang Theory, Fixer Upper, and I Love Lucy. I enjoy gardening, crafts, and sewing. I also enjoy finding new technologies to implement into teaching.