Elaine Harris (left) and Doreen Harris (right)
In addition to the those who served in the military, the March 3rd Black History Breakfast will pay tribute to a few community activists whose contributions have added value to our society at large. Today we celebrate the achievements of identical twins Elaine and Doreen Harris, retired educators, who continue to make a difference in Boston, India and around the world.
Elaine E. Harris
Elaine Harris is a retired Special Needs Teacher from the Boston Public Schools. Elaine earned her Bachelor of Science from Boston University School of Education, Boston, MA., and a Master of Education from Cambridge, College, Cambridge, MA. Her career spanned 32 years of teaching Special Needs Students at the Grover Cleveland Middle School and The Curley K-8 School.
While at the Grover Cleveland Middle School, Elaine served on the Instructional Leadership Team for several years as well as a member of the Performance Information Mapping Team, Education In-Dept Review Team and the School Site Council. Elaine also provided professional development and mentor to grade six math teachers and new teachers. Through her leadership, Instructional Educational Plans were written and implemented for Special Needs Students. As a global educator, she attended the Pan African Reading Conference for Educators in Dar Salam, Tanzania. Elaine was also awarded as one of the prestigious recipients of 2005 Boston Teacher of the Year Award.
Elaine has been a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, MA for the past 27 years. She has served as Co-Leader of the Elders Ministry, a Trustee for more than 5 years, Church School Superintendent, New Members Coordinator for Capital Campaign, Co-Leader for Small Groups and presently serving as the President of the Christiana R. Gray Women’s Missionary Society.
Hobbies include traveling, cooking and gardening. Most importantly, Elaine is always looking for opportunities to serve God’s people.
Doreen Harris, Educational Consultant
Doreen has been an educator for the past 28years and holds a Master of Education from Boston University, a Bachelor of Science from Suffolk University, Cum Laude Honors; and is a certified trainer in “ 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”.
In 2011, Doreen retired from the Boston Public Schools as a Cooperative Educational Counselor providing placement, site-supervision and follow-up services for students participating in cooperative work experiences at the Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Boston, MA. Doreen was one of the initial educators at this high school that was instrumental in launching the pilot year for the Construction Mentoring Program for the Compliance Mentor Group.
Throughout her tenure as an educator, Doreen demonstrated strong organization, planning and interpersonal abilities which earned her a reputation for commitment and exceeding expectation among her peers. Doreen has also been able to pursue her personal passion and interests in global education. In 2005, Doreen travelled to South Africa to assist teachers in training to remote schools in several parts of South Africa. Continuing to support global education, in 2009 Doreen attended the Pan African Reading Conference for educators across the globe in Dar Salam, Tanzania. For these efforts and more, Doreen was recognized and received the Achiever Award given by the Private Industry Council of Boston whose mission is to connect the youth and adults of Boston to education and employment opportunities.
Doreen actively volunteers and presently serves as Advisory Board Member for The Compliance Mentor Group and continues to provide her support and educational services to the mentoring program. Doreen is a founding and active member of Bethel AME Church, Jamaica Plain, former member of the Steward Board and the Pastor’s Steward Emeritus. She previously served as Advisory Board Member of Generation Excel (an inner city youth organization); and former Board of Director of Urban Home Makers.
The Black History Month Breakfast will be held on Thursday March 3, 2016 at the Boston Colonnade Hotel from 8:30 am to 11:00 am.
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