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Year’s End — 7th Grade Community

June 17, 2020 | Brent Harris

Dear 7th Grade Community,

What a year it has been. With each new bump in the road or detour we had to take, the 7th graders rose to the challenge. They didn’t only meet their challenges head on… they found a way to thrive each step of the way. No matter the circumstance, the 7th graders approached each assignment, Zoom meeting, and Breakout Room with poise and joy. 


I’m so thankful to all of you for helping make this year possible and run as smoothly as it did. I am honored to have worked with these students, and I am eager to see how they fill their new leadership role as the 8th grade class. I am confident that these students will be able to manage the responsibilities that 8th grade brings, and, of course, thrive.

I have come to learn that they take themselves seriously in all the right ways and they don’t take themselves seriously in all the right ways. What a wonderful balance. It’s a hard one to master, but this group always finds a way.


Thanks again. I am very proud of this group of students. 


Have a blessed summer, and I hope to see you all in a few short months!


— Brent Harris

Brent Harris

Teacher, Grade 7; Language Arts, Seventh and Eighth Grades

Brent Harris has been teaching Middle School students since 2015. He loves teaching students how to understand the world through literature and writing. He teaches English Language Arts, but he likes to teach other things too! Both of Mr. Harris' parents are educators, and despite trying his hardest to avoid following in his parents’ footsteps, he graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English Education and a Minor in Physical Education; as a result, Brent is a great argument piece for any “Nature versus Nurture” debate.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Harris enjoys playing guitar and drums, listening to music, spending time outside, playing sports, and hanging out with his kind and loving wife, Lauren. A native of Ontario, Canada, Mr. Harris stays true to all the Canadian stereotypes by being extremely kind and perpetually sorry. He has been a director and counselor at multiple children’s camps in Canada and Michigan, and he appreciates the idea of teaching students and campers in a place where there is freedom to entertain new ideas and try out new things. Mr. Harris has enjoyed coaching volleyball, soccer, and baseball, and while he loves nature, he is being slowly converted into a city boy.

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