Laura Harris, Central High


After almost three decades in Springfield Public Schools, Laura Harris, IB Diploma Program Counselor and Dance Team Coach, from Central High School will be retiring. During her time in SPS, she has worked as a choir teacher and as a counselor. She has seen countless students walk the Halls of Ivy at Central High School, and has enjoyed sharing special moments with both her choir students, and those students she counseled. However, one of her favorite memories was when the students were there to help her celebrate a special moment.

“One of my favorite memories as a choir teacher, was when my students sang in my wedding. The song was a surprise to my husband, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when they were finished singing. I will never forget all of my amazing choir students and the positive relationships we made!” said Laura.

Before retiring, Laura wants to share a message to her peers. “Never underestimate the positive difference you can make in a student’s life! You never know what people are going through, and lately with the pandemic, it’s been a lot. Students will always remember the kindness you show, beyond what they learn in the classroom. I guess that’s why I’ve always loved Maya Angelou’s quote, “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” It’s a great motto to live by, especially for anyone in education.”