Harris to lead BECHS

Published 11:20 pm Friday, June 17, 2011

WINDSOR – Bertie Early College High School has a new leader.

Last week, the Bertie County Board of Education officially approved the hiring of Andrew Harris as the school’s new principal. Harris will begin once he is released from his current contract.

Harris said he is excited about leading the Bertie Early College, particularly since the school focuses on agri-science and biotechnology. He also believes he can use his educational assets to aid the school.

“I like the focus on agri-science and biotechnology,” he said. “I think my strength is integrating technology into the curriculum and using it to increase effectiveness in teachers and students.”

A graduate of East Carolina University and Elizabeth City State University, Harris began his teaching career in Edenton-Chowan Schools before moving the Perquimans County Schools. He taught science in both districts.

After earning a Master’s Degree in Biology and another in Educational Administration, he accepted a position last year as Instructional Specialist at the Hertford County Early College High School.

In addition to those teaching and leadership responsibilities, Harris served as a Teacher Assistant at ECSU during his time earning a master’s. He also served as an intern in administration at Perquimans Central and Perquimans High.

Harris, who was recommended to the board by a committee that included students, staff members and Bertie County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Debbie Harris-Rollins, said he was looking forward to meeting the people who make up Bertie Early College High School.

“I am looking forward to meeting students, parents and other stakeholders of the Bertie Early College,” Harris said. “I am looking for exciting and great things to come.”