Prof. Harris earned the 2005 Canadian Premier’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2012 Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Windsor, Canada, and is also honoured with the Distinguished Teacher Award for the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers. Her most recent publication includes, ‘Music and the Young Mind,’ a text book for pre-service teachers published by MENC, USA, and, ‘Enrich a Mind and Imagine the Possibilities,’ published in the International Journal of Arts Education.
Harris has over 25 years experience as a consultant, Montessori educator, clinician and lecturer. She is the founder of Montessori Mozarts and director of teacher education programs. As an international consultant, and member of the AMS Global Task Force, Harris has worked with education associations in Africa (Tanzania), Europe (Ireland), Asia (China), Canada and U.S.A. Her current research focuses on Montessori education within a Maasai community, Tanzania, and the exploration of traditional native music as a means to engage learning. Her belief lies in the power of quality education to support the child’s innate talents and individuality.
Harris’s current role is that of Head of School for Lakeview Montessori Elementary School in Ontario. “Lakeview Montessori School holds a very special place in my heart for many reasons, says Harris. My two children attended Lakeview Montessori which is a short walk from our home, and my own Montessori teacher training took place during the first cohort of Lakeview teachers. I am honoured to have been invited to join the team at Lakeview, and look forward to working together with parents, teachers, and students and bring this fine school to the best it can be.