Campbellsville Middle School teacher Sharon Harris received the Change Award at the Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, Jan. 8.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith honors three Change Award winners each month, including a certified and classified employee and a community member.
Harris, who has taught at Campbellsville Middle School since 1986, received the certified Change Award.
The awards are given based upon six elements, which spell the word Eagles. They include Encouraging and exhibiting Attitudes of Greatness, while Leading with high Expectations to Success.
In a letter written by CMS Principal Zach Lewis, nominating Harris for the award, Smith read, “Ms. Harris is an inspiration to her fellow teachers. Her passion to see her students succeed is unwavering and her ability to motivate and make others around her better is second to none.”
Smith said Harris creates positive relationships with her students and their parents and her fellow teachers.
“ … Allowing her to bring out the best in each person she works with,” he read.
“Her students describe her as passionate, dedicated, trustworthy, intellectual, nice and thoughtful,” Smith said.
“Whether it be pushing a student to do better because she knows they can or making sure they have a jacket to wear to school, Ms. Harris always makes sure our students are supported in every way.”
Smith said Harris’s dedication to CMS is evident by her willingness to do whatever it takes to make the school and District the best it can be.
And, Smith said, Harris recently spearheaded an effort to raise money for a student’s family. To date, about $4,600 has been raised.
“She definitely embodies what it means to change lives,” she said.
In accepting the award, Harris said is shocked to receive it, but appreciates it greatly.
“When I was in college, I always felt like I was supposed to be a missionary, do something in the mission field,” she said. “I always felt like I had neglected that call, until I had been teaching for a while, and I [realized], this is my mission field.
“I still love it, 32 years later,” she said.
Harris has two children, Bradley Harris, who is also a teacher at CMS and graduated from Campbellsville High School in 2010; and Brooklyn Harris, who graduated from CHS in 2016.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith, at right, honors CMS teacher Sharon Harris with the certified Change Award.