Mr. Kenny Harris, Sixth Grade Teacher
I moved to Colorado from Portland, Maine several years ago but have lived in a variety of places throughout the country. I have an undergraduate degree in photography from The Evergreen State College and a Masters degree in elementary education from Antioch University New England. Before attending graduate school I worked as a photography teacher, Colorado River guide, rock climbing instructor and community volunteer. Post graduate school I taught Discovery students at Basalt Elementary school in Basalt, Colorado for three years. Though I tremendously enjoyed teaching in a traditional public school setting I couldn’t be more jazzed to be part of the dynamic and creative Renaissance ELOB community where I’ve had an opportunity to work alongside exceptional educators, families and students that share a similar vision of life, adventure and education. Castle Rock is not a place I envisioned myself living or working, however, the support I've received from my peers and the professional opportunities I've had, and know I'll continue to experience, make this place right for me--for now, the growth invaluable.
I grew up just west of St. Louis, in Huck Finn'land, between the confluence of the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers playing outside in the dirt and building things. Like Huck, I made a lot of choices that ended poorly and fantastically--choices guided by struggle, innocent curiosity, an innate sense of social justice and hastiness.
Some of my favorite adventures have been traveling from the southern tip of South America to St. Louis, Missouri, by land, hiking a desolate 62 mile section of the Inca Trail in Bolivia, thirty-two days paddling the Bonnet Plume River in Canada’s Yukon Territory with the National Outdoor Leadership School, two months exploring remote Philippine islands, 14-days bikepacking 580 miles of CO's back roads, five months cultural immersion in Central America, hitchhiking the Panama Canal, three years living and teaching on an island in Maine and youthful summers spent in the Ozark Mountains chasing ghosts and swimming in crystal clear spring fed rivers--I've had a blessed life and my list of adventures and experiences are expansive. If you'd like to swap stories let me know, because I get a kick out of sharing mine, and truly enjoy hearing about others' tales, however grandiose or trivial--people, and their perspectives, make my world go round.
I love being outside, the arts, listening to music, NPR, the truth, ingenuity, silence, the underdog, dreadlocks, mohawks, diversity, geography, splitting wood, the sound of thunder, the smell of rain, possibility, introspection, home and time spent with friends and family.