Karla Harris

Karla Harris

Role

As the Extended Day Supervisor my role is to provide a safe, fun, and caring environment for Discovery students before and after school. My goal is to create a quality program that nurtures the whole child: mental, physical, and social-emotional. I want to build positive relationships with each child, their family, and the Discovery community. The ultimate purpose of Extended Day is for the children to be excited to come and not want to leave. Each day will be filled with fun and excitement as your child participates in gym and outdoor activities, craft projects, STEM, and independent recreation.

Professional Background

I started my career in Out of School Time Programming/Youth Development volunteering with Seattle Emergency Housing Services (SEHS) Youth Program. After graduating from Hampton University with my BA in Sociology, I began working as the program aide and school liaison for the SEHS Youth Program. After working with SEHS for 3 years, I became the director of another after school program at a Seattle Elementary School. In 2011 I moved to Washington, DC, and worked with The Fishing School, HungryBrainsTM Tutoring & Mentoring Program, and the YMCA of DC. I have been with APS Extended Day since December 2014, and I am so excited to be working with your children at Discovery in September.

Personal Interests

I hail from the great Pacific Northwest, home of Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and Superbowl XLVII Champions Seattle Seahawks. While I have been in the DMV for four years, I am still learning and experiencing lots of new things. I love DC and all it has to offer. I also enjoy watching football and basketball, and in my free time I like to relax by watching movies, reading, working out, cooking, and baking.

Literary Connection

The book Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss, is about an elephant, Horton, who one day hears a small voice on what appears to be a tiny speck. Horton soon learns that on the speck is a small community called Whoville. Horton vows to protect them from harm, but as he goes through the Jungle of Nool the other animals begin to harass and criticize him because they cannot hear the voices from the speck. The major themes in this book are that “a person is a person no matter how small” and the belief in something even if others don’t believe. Both of these themes are important when working with youth; even though we are caring for kids, they are still people with feelings and they deserve respect. It is important to acknowledge their presence, validate their ideas, encourage their imagination, and develop their creativity. It is not only our goal as educators to guide them as they grow, but to also keep the magic of childhood alive within each one of them.