Haylley Harris is a 3rd grade teacher at Park Road Elementary. This is her 7th year in education, and 4th year at Chandler. She has also served on the safe school committee and teaches summer school.
Haylley grew up in Chandler, where both her parents started their education careers. Her mom just started her 32nd year as a lion. “Once a lion, always a lion.” After high school Haylley attended Connors State College for two years where she received her associates degree before transferring to Northeastern State University where she received her bachelors degree.
What led you to teaching?
I grew up in an education family and was able to see the difference my parents made in their students' lives over the years. I have also always loved working with children. It just always seemed like the perfect fit for me.
Did you have anyone who influenced your decision to become an educator?
My 4th grade teacher who was Mrs. Simms at the time, Mrs. Noblett now, would have to be the person who was most influential in my decision to be an educator. She took me under her wing during a difficult year for me. I knew then I wanted to grow up and be able to make that kind of difference in one of my own students' lives.
What would you say most motivates you to teach?
The thing that motivates me the most to teach is the light bulb moments. I love all the other aspects of teaching as well but seeing your students “get it” is a big motivator for me.
What are you most excited or passionate about?
I would say I am most passionate about teaching reading. I am actually working on my masters degree as a reading specialist.
What do you find most challenging about being a teacher?
The thing I find most challenging about being a teacher would probably have been a different answer on any previous year. The thing I find most challenging as a teacher in 2020 is learning how to be a traditional and virtual teacher while getting each student exactly what they need to grow all at the same time.
What's the best thing to happen since you started teaching?
The best thing to happen since I started teaching is wifi in the classrooms.
What might students and parents be surprised to know about you?
Parents and students might be surprised to know that I am a huge softball fan. We go to the college World Series every year. My favorite teams are Florida Gators and Oklahoma Sooners. I was an all-stater in high school.
What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
The profession I would choose to attempt other than my own would be a detective. I am totally obsessed with true crime.
What are three things every teacher should own?
Three things every teacher should own are flair pens, a calendar/planner, and a chocolate stash.
Haylley has a soon to be 8-year-old little boy, Fysher who is a second grader at East Side. Most of her free time is spent chasing him around to all his different activities and practices. Whenever they have some down time, they enjoy doing things outdoors like fishing. Board games are frequently played along with lots of movies and popcorn.