Then and Now: Anna Harris, Huntington High School takes a look at what some graduates of local high schools  are doing these days.

Name: Anna Harris

High School: Huntington High School

Year Graduated: 2011

Comment about your high school experiences: I found my home in the performing arts. Most of my time and energy was spent putting on shows with the Drama Club, or rehearsing for concerts with the Chamber Choir and the mixed voice a capella group “Choral Fixation.” I was also an active member of AWOD (A World of Difference), which sought to decrease bias through teaching tolerance and understanding, and I interned at the school library.

Immediate post high school: University of Maryland, College Park – Class of 2015. I received a double degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance.

What you’re doing now: I am now finishing up my third year of teaching elementary music in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. My lessons focus on celebrating the cultural diversity of my school’s student body by incorporating music from the cultures and backgrounds my students identify with.

To that effect, I began a project this year to collect children’s songs from Ethiopia and compile them into a teaching resource to better serve my school community. It is my goal to create more teaching resources that better represent marginalized groups in the United States. I will continue to develop best practices in my work this summer when I start my master’s program in music education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Where is your family:  My parents still live in Huntington Station.

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