By: Bailee Melo
One staff member that deserves all the love from the Harrison community is Ms. Conrad (Anna Conrad). Ms. Conrad is the IB Coordinator, AVID Coordinator, the Varsity Volleyball Coach, Instructional Coach, and Junior Student Government Sponsor here at Harrison. She is the most selfless person you could ever meet! She always puts herself before others and is always available to help others.
I interviewed Ms. Conrad and asked her some questions about herself:
Q: Why did you choose Harrison?
A: I love this community, because I feel like I can learn here and I feel like I belong. The partnerships with students, staff, and the community members have inspired me, brought laughter, and always challenge me to bring my best effort.
Q: What does being a panther mean today?
A: Being a panther means someone who is committed and caring to the people around them. They are also determined and push through adversity. A panther is someone who is curious because the more we learn, we learn that we don’t know everything.
Q: How do you think you’ll leave your mark at Harrison?
A: I hope to leave my mark at Harrison through relationships staff, students, as well as the incredible opportunities we have both inside and outside of the classroom. For example, volleyball and the idea that we stand TALL, AVID, Professional Development, and outside of the classroom things like Prom and Hamilton.
Q: What is one thing you want to change at HHS?
A: I want to continue to redefine the narrative around HHS. There has been significant amount of improvement, but I also hope that everybody can learn about what it means to be a panther.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge ever?
A: My biggest challenge happened in my sophomore year in college when I played volleyball and I dislocated and pulled my labrum in my shoulder. Which meant I spent the majority of the season on the bench and majority of my junior season because of surgery and physical therapy. Besides the difficulty of the injury, it was challenging to learn how be an effective teammate and not just a player. However, I was inspired by my teammates to learn a lot about the game, which led me to coaching and eight years of incredible HHS volleyball memories thus far.