Colorado Springs teacher accepts role as U.S. Department of Education fellow

Author: Debbie Kelley, The Gazette - September 26, 2017 - Updated: September 26, 2017

Fifth-grade teacher Elmer Harris teaches his class about the bones in their bodies Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Colorado Springs. Harris has been selected as a national fellow to the U.S. Department of Education and among his roles will be helping with recruiting and retaining male teaahers of color. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

What do Mr. Harris’ students at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Colorado Springs School District 11 like about their teacher?

“He makes going to school fun,” says 10-year-old Priseis Friend.

“He lets us sit down in a bunch of different places,” says Jiovani Collis. “It helps us learn because we don’t have to stay in one chair.”

Air Force veteran Elmer Harris runs his fifth-grade classroom under a new methodology called Next Generation Learning Challenges, a nontraditional, personalized approach that allows students to use different ways to drive their progress and be in charge of their own learning.

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Hugh Johnson