Intern Belle Harris is a senior at Tulane University majoring in Economics with a minor in Philosophy. The Tennessee native is spending her summer working at Paul Habans Charter School and learning more about education in New Orleans.
Harris first discovered her interest in education while taking an economics course last fall. “The class focused on the economics of education and highlighted a lot of the work being done through charter schools,” she said. “After that, I knew I wanted to get firsthand experience and knowledge from the people who work endlessly in education; when I came across the internship with Crescent City Schools, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity.”
When asked about her summer, Harris acknowledges the large amount of information she has gained in such a short period of time. “Seeing the dedication and perseverance the entire team puts in over the summer to make school run smoothly from day one is inspiring,” she said. Harris has also had the opportunity to learn about the Paul Habans community. “Working with the front office, I have had many wonderful conversations with an array of people,” she said. “I have learned the importance of a friendly face to greet a parent or child as they walk through the front doors, just as I have learned even more about the importance of a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher.”
With a few weeks left in her internship, Harris is hoping to gain even more insight and knowledge about New Orleans education. “I know that with everything I learn this summer, I am going to take it with me after graduation. This internship has given me the tools I need to start building my future in education.”
When asked about living in New Orleans, Harris is most excited about being able to explore new parts of the city. “During the school year, I tend to stay more towards campus and have never really ventured too far off,” she said. “Having more time to enjoy all of the great music and food around New Orleans has been wonderful. However, the best part of the city is still uptown – Plum Street Snowballs, they are my favorite!”