Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
Role models have touched every one of us. Throughout our lives, they have served as shining examples of the people we aspire to be. Before he was taken from us, Mark Harris was a walking example of the qualities he worked to develop in children. The Mark Harris Fellowship Program keeps his spirit alive by developing the next generation of leaders and role models through the program’s values of integrity, leadership and service.
We have a simple mission: to carry on the legacy of Mark Harris by guiding and supporting the next generation of leaders, one dream at a time. The Mark Harris Fellowship Program focuses it's efforts on students who might otherwise slip through the cracks. The program was founded on the basic beliefs that education empowers individuals and communities and that positive role models can play a critical role in shaping individual lives. We believe all students have the potential to achieve excellence, especially when provided with the support they need.
Mark Harris was the Assistant Principal at Shorewood High School from 2009 through 2013 when he became the Principal of Shorewood Intermediate School. He served in that role until his sudden death in October 2014.
Smart, passionate and competitive, Mark possessed an uncommon relatability that allowed him to connect with everyone he met.
During his service in the Shorewood Community, Mark was described by one parent as "both interesting and interested." Mark truly cared. He listened. He paid attention. And his mission was to advocate for and give voice to the voiceless. Colleague and friend, Matt Joynt said, "Mark stood out as a leader because of his personal approach to the job paired with his ability to connect with others-he was an expert in that area-and his desire for students to experience success."
Whether it was through athletics, education, or his sense of humor, Mark touched countless lives . The Mark Harris Fellowship Program allows students who model his commitment to service, excellence, and leadership to pursue their dreams and for his legacy to live on through a new generation of leaders.
-dedicated educator, mentor and friend
August 21, 1974 - October 23, 2014