Millie Harris, of Stowers Elementary at Fort Benning, Georgia, has been teaching for 22 years, 19 of which were with the Department of Defense. She taught at Fort McClellan Elementary School until the based closed in May of 1999, when she accepted her current position at Fort Benning. She received her Masters Degree and Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Alabama in Special Education, Talented and Gifted Concentration. She was named Most Outstanding Student, Talented and Gifted on Honors Day at the University of Alabama in April of 1995.

In April of 1994 she was included in the National Science and Technology Honor Roll of Teachers, which was awarded to one teacher in each of 50 states. She was a National Writing Project Fellow at Jacksonville State University during the summer of 1998 and currently serves on the Writing Project Advisory Board. She wrote a grant proposal in which DDESS funded integration of Anniston Museum of Natural History's resources with the Fort McClellan Elementary School's program. While at Fort McClellan Mrs. Harris served as School Improvement Chair and Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation Chair. She has led teacher inservice training on gifted identification, self-esteem, multiple intelligences, school improvement, critical thinking and Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, as applied to teaching.

Mrs. Harris has published professional teacher articles on multiple intelligences in the arts, Leonardo da Vinci, endangered species, ornithology and ancient Greece. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Anniston Community Theatre, as President of the Calhoun County Council for Exceptional Children, as President of the Fort McClellan Education Association, on the Anniston Museum of Natural History Education Advisory Board, the State of Alabama Gifted Education Advisory Board and has volunteered for the Knox Concert Series, the Calhoun County Humane Society, the March of Dimes, The First United Methodist Church, the Women's Political Caucus, and the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Harris is married to Braxton Harris of Anniston, Alabama and has two children, Braxton Harris, Jr. of Birmingham, Alabama and Melissa Harris Dye of Potomac, Maryland.

"Teaching is all about attitudes, principles, and priorities. Good teachers take the initiative to do whatever it takes, consistent with the right principles, to get the job done. Change needs to come from the belief that our actions are a result of our own conscious choices, based on child-centered values."

2001 winner - Millie Harris
Millie Harris Educational Specialist Teacher
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