Juanita Inez Harris is a 33 year old native of Texarkana, Arkansas. She has over a decade of experience in the field of education. In 2006, Juanita graduated from Arkansas Senior High School. In active pursuit of furthering her education, Juanita graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, followed by a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. While in Texarkana, she has written grants and received financial support for her classroom project, "Everyday Economics: Earn Money, Spend Money, Learn Economics".
In 2013, she received the Early Career Award from Kappa Delta Pi in 2013. Continuous enhancements of her Everyday Economics program earned her the Bessie B. Moore Economics Educator Award in 2017. Also during that school year, Juanita was recognized as Union Elementary Campus Teacher of the Year.
In May of 2018, she was awarded Texarkana Arkansas School District's Teacher of the Year, which afforded her the opportunity to apply for the 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year award. Juanita was selected as 1 of the 14 regional finalists. As a finalist, she was recognized by Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner, Johnny Key, at a special ceremony on August 16, 2018, at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.
Juanita is also founder and CEO of Teachers Support Teachers, a Benefit Corporation whose mission is to live out their vision of "Encouraging the Hearts that Shape the Minds". They do this by providing one opportunity per month for self care for Teachers and anyone in a PreK-12 setting that spends at least 85% of their instructional day with students.
Her passion for teaching does not stop in the classroom; she also tutors students in the district. She is an active member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas where she is a youth leader and Sunday School Teacher. As a counselor/mentor for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Agriculture Learning and Discovery Program, and a teacher in Southern Arkansas University’s Kids College. Juanita will continue to be a lifelong learner and an advocate for all children and educators alike.
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