Burt Harris and the 2015 WHHS Women's Golf Team
"I was assigned to write an essay for school which I thought was good but which came back with a low grade and no comments. I showed it to my mother, and she suggested I see what someone else thought. She said try Doc Harris at West because he writes well. Doc worked with me gently and patiently, and without changing any of my ideas showed me how to move text around to get it better organized and change some words for sharper meanings. He said call it a "second draft" and show it to the teacher, and the teacher liked it so much she raised the grade. It was a great lesson. No one ever knew Doc helped." -- HHS student
"Whenever we see the Harrises, all Burt talks about is the schools and how to make them better. He has our vote !!"
-- B.T.A., a neighbor
"When Doc Harris announced he was running for the School Board, he asked to meet with some teachers to get our views on how things should be. We became the first "Teachers for Doc". He met with us twice and I know he met with teacher groups from other schools, and with groups of parents and students. We told him the good and the bad, things we like and things we think need changing. He mostly listened and didn't say much except to ask some pointed questions, but he promised he heard us and that we would see many of our ideas reflected in his campaign. I've been a teacher for 12 years and this is the first time anyone asked my opinion about anything.
I think Burt Harris, "Doc", is genuinely concerned for everyone in the school system. The other teachers and I are enthusiastic about his candidacy and hope he gets elected." -- HC public school teacher
"Burt Harris from West Henderson HS is the NC West Region Director of [High School] Golf, and runs the conference and regional tournaments we play in. He must be the most organized person I have ever met. Every tournament goes like clockwork, and I'm sure he could make the Amtrak trains run on time if they'd let him. I wish our School Board had people
-- Transylvania County public school teacher/coach
"Dear Dr. Harris,
The [XXXX] Foundation executive committee has discussed your proposal for funding a demonstration project to create a magnet county for elementary and secondary school teachers. To our knowledge this has never been done... and assuming a valid study could be designed, we would be pleased to continue the discussion.... We would need to agree on the metrics of success, the time course, how to do the pre- and post-intervention evaluation, and a budget......... We have in-house experts and extramural consultants who can work with you on the project.......
Please contact me after the election to discuss how to go forward.
"I worked as a surgeon in Dr. Harris' department for 20 years. He was the boss. We took care of sick children and taught medical students and interns and residents. Dr. Harris is a master surgeon, and whenever one of us had a medical problem to solve we took it to him; he was the go-to guy who always knew the right answer. He was also the doctors' doctor; whenever a doctor's child was sick the phone on his desk would ring. The parents of his patients loved him because he was always there for them; they had his home phone number and he asked them to call him whenever they needed something. The medical students and residents loved him because he cared about them, was always kind to them, and was never too busy for their questions. When I heard he was running for the School Board I wasn't surprised, because making better lives for children was always his thing." -- C.P.P., MD
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Burt Harris at Rugby Middle School
STUDENTS FOR DOC, PARENTS FOR DOC, TEACHERS FOR DOC
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"Dr. Burt Harris, who we all call "Doc", is my daughter's golf coach. She started as a beginner and he
he encouraged her, taught her the game, and supported her through the inevitable ups and downs. I don't think I have ever seen anyone put so much of himself into teaching a difficult subject. The first thing
he said to us at our first parents' meeting was "School and family come first" and he really meant it. He truly loves golf, but more important he loves and values the girls. He puts athletics into perspective for our daughters, shows them how sport mimics life, and forged six very different girls into a team whose members would do anything for each other. All the team parents have great respect for him, know he would do anything for a kid, and think we would be lucky if he were on the School Board."
-- WHHS mom