THIRD GRADE TEACHER!
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Alana Harris, Third Grade Teacher, is the definition of a woman who pursued her true calling in life. Alana received her Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and went on to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law, to then pass the bar exam to work for a law firm. Soon after, Alana realized that what she loved most was working with children, and wanted to fulfill her true passion in life in becoming a teacher...and so that is exactly what she did.
A Fabulous Working Female in every way, Alana's story is truly admirable. Alana teaches us that no matter what, it is never too late to follow our dreams.
Tell us about yourself!
Hi! I’m Alana Harris. A little about me, I graduated from Cornell University in 2015 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 2018. I passed the bar exam and started working at a law firm, but by this point I knew that I was unsatisfied pursuing a legal career and desperately wanted to be an elementary school teacher! From teaching dance at Camp Nabby to volunteering as an English teacher abroad in Brazil, I knew I deeply loved working with children and could not put my dream of becoming a teacher to rest!
What inspired you to become a teacher?
I started my teaching career in the fall of 2018 at Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn, NY. I taught first grade and then third grade. This year, I moved uptown to Washington Heights, where I am a third grade teacher at The Equity Project Charter School. While remote learning has presented numerous challenges, I am all the more sure of my decision to become a teacher because I miss my students SO much!
Can you describe what makes you feel FABULOUS when teaching/being a teacher?
The children are definitely what keeps me going! Every day I wake up knowing there is a classroom of kids awaiting my energy and instruction. I love that I get to be an actress every day -- I joke that I could not make it as a Broadway star so instead I became a teacher! Besides all the fun, however, teaching is very hard work. In my career so far, I have worked very long hours (waking up at 5am every day!), but it is completely worth it to see my students learn and grow!
As a proud Hen Hud alumna, I want to take the time to shout out some of the teachers who have inspired me along the way: Mrs. Baisley (Grade 3), Mrs. Pereira (Grade 6 Science), Mrs. Barthelmes (AP Literature), Mrs. Denler (HS Chorus), and of course my Dance Expression dance teachers Christine & Jessica Grafer! I am so lucky to have been taught by so many dedicated teachers throughout my life.
Thank you, Alana, for being a true leader, role-model, and inspiration to women everywhere. You have not only proven that you can achieve anything you put your mind to, but that it is never too late to change your career path and follow your dreams. With your determination, persistence, and following your heart, your students are blessed with an incredible teacher. We know the future will be nothing but bright and successful for you, and we look forward to following along!