Shelby Harris, a math teacher at Kuna Middle School, will be featured in a two-hour CBS television special next month. The trailer, that includes a clip of Harris in her classroom, can be viewed on YouTube.
The special, “Teach,” follows four teachers around the country for a year and documents the education system through their eyes. It will air Friday, Sept. 6. “Teach” was produced and directed by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim.
“Teach” is Guggenheim’s third documentary on education in America, and focuses on the question, “What does it take to be a teacher?”
The documentary follows a diverse group of educators who use a variety of methods to teach different subjects and age groups. The documentary also profiles Matt Johnson, a fourth-grade teacher at McGlone Elementary School in Denver; Joel Laguna, a 10th-grade AP world history teacher at Garfield High in Los Angeles; and Lindsay Chinn, a ninth-grade algebra teacher at MLK Early College in Denver.
“Teaching has been a great joy in my life for quite some time,” Harris says on her school website. “It’s wonderful to wake up each day and look forward to going to work.”
Harris is a valley native and graduated from Meridian High School in 1994. She graduated from the University of Idaho in 1998 and began teaching in Kuna in 2000. She has two children and her husband, Chadd, also is a teacher.
Kuna Middle School recently received a grant of $891,200, the largest grant awarded from the State Department of Education’s $3 million technology pilot program.