Greetings Harding Parents, Students, and Community,
My name is Mr. Kevin Harper and this is my first year at Harding Elementary School as the Primary principal of Pre-Kindergarten through Second grades. I am excited to work with all of you to help your children be the best learner and person they can. For those who do not know me, I have been a principal and assistant principal in Erie’s Public Schools for 13 years and a teacher for 10 years in the greater Philadelphia area. I have taught everything from first grade to high school math. For the last 10 years, I was the principal at Edison School where our motto was ‘we can do anything with hard work and determination.’ I have already met several teachers and parents at Harding and the motto at Edison looks like the same motto here at Harding. Mrs. Farnham, Mr. Yonkers and I have been working hard to prepare a great year for you and your children
.Some of these preparations are due to changes that the district has made over the summer to enhance all of the students’ learning.
One of the things we are preparing for is the new reading and mathematics instructional materials. The reading program is a scientific based program that has been shown to produce growth and increase knowledge in all of the students in a diverse way. The students will learn about world history while receiving targeted reading support based on their specific reading level. This support will take place daily in the school while continuing to advance the knowledge and vocabulary for each student. The primary grades will have an additional focus on how students use sounds and letters to create and understand words. The total immersion of reading through this program has been scientifically proven to assist students to grow as readers. We are looking forward to sharing more about this information with you throughout the year. All of the staff will continue to receive support for this new reading and math curriculum throughout the year. These are all exciting changes that we are thrilled to share with you as the year progresses.
I am eager to meet all of you and your children. If you ever need to contact me, feel free to call or e-mail me. I respond usually between 24 – 48 hours to either mode of communication. I look forward to working with all of you this year and I am proud to be a Harding Dragon!