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Mrs. Karen Harness
Ms. Harness is a veteran educator, bringing 26 years of experience in education to the position, including 17 years with Madison County Schools.
“Karen is a leader, creative thinker, and problem solver. She is an excellent communicator and will continue to be a great asset to our leadership team in her new role as principal,” said Madison County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ronnie McGehee.
Mrs. Harness is a familiar face within the Titan Zone of Madison County Schools, having served most recently as Assistant Principal at Ridgeland High School. “One thing I have learned at the high school level is the importance of a strong foundation,” says Ms. Harness, “Students who start here at Ann Smith Elementary thrive and do well as they progress through school. My focus will be to continue to build a strong foundation so that our students can be successful and become lifelong learners. I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve as the new principal at Ann Smith Elementary School.”
Mrs. Harness is a graduate of Jackson State University and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. She has served as a teacher and literacy specialist as well as assistant principal specializing in curriculum and instruction. She began her teaching career in Jackson Public Schools as a third-grade teacher before joining Madison County Schools as a fifth-grade teacher at Madison Station Elementary. As a literacy specialist, Ms. Harness served at Germantown High School and Velma Jackson High School. “Karen’s experience teaching at the elementary level and thorough knowledge of curriculum in elementary through high school grades will be great assets to the teachers and students at Ann Smith Elementary,” said Superintendent Dr. Ronnie McGehee, “Karen has a deep understanding of the importance of creating a strong foundation for students in Kindergarten through second grade to prepare them for future success in school and beyond.”