Science and Agriscience Teacher

Mrs. Harris

Katie Harris

Katie Harris is a graduate of California State University, Chico’s with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2006.  Mrs. Harris continued at CSU, Chico to gain a single subject teaching credential in Agriculture Educations in 2007.  Seven years later she earned a Master’s in Agriculture Education at CSU, Chico. After receiving her teaching credential, Mrs. Harris took a job at the California Farm Bureau in its Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC).  For over a year she served as the Curriculum Coordinator for AITC.  She developed curriculum materials and organizing state and national conferences. Ever a teacher at heart, Mrs. Harris left the AITC to become an Agricultural teacher and FFA advisor at West Valley High School in Cottonwood, California for five years; before returning home to California’s Plumas County, where she is currently the Agricultural instructor and FFA advisor at Indian Valley Academy in Greenville, California. Mrs. Harris’s roots are in agriculture having been raised on a cattle and farming operational ranch in Quincy, California. She and her husband Sean and their young son Reid live on the family ranch where they plan to continue in the agriculture industry.  Being an agriculture teacher is 100% about attitude, not aptitude. Mrs. Harris believes being a great teacher requires some alchemy, but there’s no question in her mind that magic happens when our attitudes are positive and open. She hears teacher’s complaints about curriculum, district pressures, life/work balance, long hours and things they don’t like to do. Her attitude has become similar to the serenity prayer- let me accept the things I cannot change, change the things I can and understand the difference between the two. Ag teaching is demanding and can drain a teacher to no end- but she rescued by an attitude of service. She can encounter incredible difficulties- but an attitude of resilience will tip history in our favor.