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Cultivating greatness in our own backyard

2013 May 2
by HISD Communications

Opal Harrison originally intended to be an engineer. She majored in physics in college and began studying micro-electronics in graduate school. But an internship at a middle school made her reconsider her career choice, and she subsequently became a teacher at HISD’s Jones High School through HISD’s Alternative Certification Program. 

Last year, Opal went through the district’s leadership cohort, and last summer, she was named the assistant principal at Milby High School.

This week, I got to recognize Opal and seven more outstanding campus leaders as the Principals, Assistant Principals, or First Year Principals of the Year. Opal is a perfect example of how we’re cultivating greatness within the district by “growing our own” leaders. You can learn more about her journey into leadership in this video.

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