Katy ISD welcomes 1,200 new teachers, current English teacher Chris Harris shares tips for success

KATY, TX (KTRK) — Katy ISD says more than 1,200 teachers will join the ranks this school year. Not all of them are necessarily new to teaching, but they are all new to the district.

“I think the important advice I give, forget the subject you are teaching, be yourself. Teach who you are because kids need to make a connection. You might be the smartest chemistry person in the world. the building, but if you can’t connect with the kids, they won’t learn,” said teacher Chris Harris.

Giving advice comes naturally to Taylor High School’s English teacher, who has been educating, guiding and motivating students for nearly three decades.

“I’m starting my 29th year, all here at Taylor,” Harris said.

His career, however, has been more than classroom lessons.

He inspired students with his passion for good stories, solid grammar and deep writing. But if you ask him, his job is not limited to teaching a subject.

“It’s so much more than the content you’re hired to teach. You teach life skills. You teach how to fit into society, how to get along,” Harris said.

And his fellow English teachers are quick to share his special talent.

“What impresses me the most about him is his ability to connect with children. And he’s not just one type of child, he’s all types of children,” said the Professor Matt Apple.

“He always puts the kids first. Every day before the pandemic we would shake hands, but after giving all the kids who come through the door a big thumbs up, he greets them when they walk through the door,” said teacher Lisa O’Neal. .

This makes him a beloved favorite teacher at Taylor High School.

“Extremely engaging, kind, he cared about his students, we cared,” said 2009 graduate Kathryn Childers.

“He definitely sparked this love of reading for me my senior year,” said 2021 graduate Henley Beisert.

“A very funny, professional and smart guy,” said 2010 graduate Nick Dombalis.

“My whole life, my whole career kind of boils down to me being programmed with him as a freshman,” said Seba Green, who followed in his footsteps and became a teacher herself. English. “I mean, I went to college to be an English teacher.”

“Teaching is more about building relationships than teaching a subject, teaching a subject, and I think I’m pretty good at connecting with kids,” Harris said.

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