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Editorial: Teacher gets high grades

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Bassett High School band has been a winner many times and at many levels. Now, band director and music teacher Trey Harris has been honored as well.

On Thursday, Harris was named the 2014 Region VI Teacher of the Year. It was the first time a teacher in the Henry County schools has received the honor, and it puts him in the running for the Virginia Teacher of the Year title, to be announced Oct. 11.

Harris was modest in accepting the award, giving credit — as he usually does— to the school division and BHS officials and staff, assistant band director Scott Allred, parents of band members, the community, his family and especially band members.

“Their résumé is my résumé,” Harris said after the ceremony.

But let’s give credit where credit is due. Harris “is a phenomenal teacher,” according to county schools Superintendent Jared Cotton, one who inspires students and impacts their lives.

The band’s list of honors speaks to Harris’ insistence on excellence, his hard work and his dedication to students. But those students’ words show there is more to Harris’ work as a teacher than winning titles. Some students speak of how he motivates them, pushing them in a good way. Others say he is like a father figure, one who cares and helps them whether the need is related to music or life.

“He makes me strive for something bigger,” said band member Carla Lackey.

We can think of few compliments that could mean more to a teacher, a school, parents or a community. His is a job well done.

 

 
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