Principal earns doctorate, receives coveted award
by Maddy Houk
Oct 10, 2012 | 1075 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dianne Harris, principal of Las Palmas Elementary School, was named Graduate Student of the Year at California State University, Stanislaus, after graduating in May with her doctorate in educational leadership.

Her achievement was recognized during the Sept. 17 Patterson Joint Unified School District board meeting.

Dr. John Borba, a professor at CSU Stanislaus who was Harris’ dissertation chairman, presented Harris with a Tiffany & Co. crystal apple to commemorate the award.

Borba said he and his colleagues at the university in Turlock selected her for the award because of her communication and problem-solving skills and other attributes.

“Dianne has always demonstrated strong social confidence, a strong passion for kids teaching and learning,” Borba said. “Students are the driving force in what she does.”

Harris thanked Borba for the award and the board of trustees for supporting her growth in the district.

“I want to thank the board for believing in me and for the opportunities afforded to me,” she said.

Harris, a Newman native, is in her ninth year working in the local school district. She took over principal duties at Las Palmas last year.

When she joined the district, she taught business classes for three years, was a guidance learning coordinator for two years and then became vice principal of curriculum for two years at Patterson High School.

Harris was also among 70 outstanding students at CSU Stanislaus who received the dean’s Medal of Excellence during a “Salute to Achievers” ceremony in May. The medal went to the top-performing students in each major.

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