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Debbie Harris


St. Francis Episcopal School




Houston, TX

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What do you do with a microbiologist with a passion for Science and a love of children? You put her in a classroom, of course! Debbie Harris is a registered microbiologist turned Science teacher with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and chemistry. After years of conducting research on infectious diseases at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, Debbie followed her passion and became a secondary Science teacher. Debbie has taught Middle School Science since 1995 in both public and private schools. Debbie is at St. Francis Episcopal School in Houston, Texas where she teaches Earth Science and is the Science Department Chair. Debbie is a strong believer in connecting her curriculum to real-world problem-solving. She and her students have won several Lead4Change Challenge awards, following winning first place the inaugural year in the national Lead2Feed contest (then) sponsored by USA Today and YUM! Brands. Her students collaborated with a school in India on global hunger and poverty for that project. They have also worked on a school-wide focus on world water issues on all 7 continents.

Debbie has been awarded the Presidential Award for Math and Science Teaching, Crystal Award for Outstanding Teaching, NAIS Teacher of the Future award, and Teacher of the Year in Houston Independent Schools. In addition, Debbie has won numerous grants to explore environmental issues with her students including winning one of the Lexus Eco-Challenge awards for their study of the effects of urban deforestation. Developing creative thinkers and problem-solvers of the future is very important to Debbie. However, working with Lead4Change to develop compassionate leaders is extremely rewarding.

“Watching these students become passionate about solving local and global problems while developing leadership skills using the Lead4Change program is very rewarding as a teacher. I strongly encourage you to get your students involved. It is a win-win for all!”

Educational Background

BS, Microbiology & Chemistry