New principal settling in at St. Agatha
10/17/2014 7:58:00 AM
St. Agatha School in the Sellwood district of Southeast Portland has a new principal, Chris Harris. He took the post July 1 at the 220-student institution.
“This is an incredible community, and I am excited and honored to serve as principal of St. Agatha,” said Harris. “It is inspiring to see such a dedicated staff and committed group of parents and community members put the students first. The spirit around campus is tangible, and I look forward to working with everyone here to enhance and further develop the educational opportunities for our children: Helping them to grow academically, socially and spiritually to best prepare them for their futures.”
“We are looking forward to planning for and growing our Catholic school with Chris at the helm,” said Benedictine Father Nathan Zodrow, pastor of St. Agatha Parish.
Harris spent the past five years serving as third grade teacher, technology coordinator, head of the drama department, and principal intern at St. Francis of Assisi School in Seattle. Before that, he taught kindergarten, third and fourth grades at St. Elisabeth Catholic School in Los Angeles, Calif.
He earned a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and elementary education.
Harris grew up in Portland where he attended St. Anthony Catholic School in Tigard and graduated from La Salle High School in Milwaukie. “I am grateful for the opportunity to return to my roots and be closer to family,” said Harris, who is relocating back to Portland with wife Siobhan and their 9-month-old son. Education runs in his blood. His mother, Sue Harris, is the principal at St. Cecilia Catholic School in Beaverton and has served in local Catholic education for more than 30 years.
Meanwhile, two new faculty members have joined St. Agatha. Arnaud Prevot is K-8 technology teacher and resident tech coordinator. He worked six years in the Seattle area as a faculty technology advisor and also taught French and Spanish. He holds a BA in French and Spanish from the University of Dallas, an MBA from the same institution along with a doctorate from Argosy University in Seattle.
Michelle Collins is a Portland-area music teacher, writer and mother of three. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education, she began her teaching career in public and private schools.