Hello, my name is Sue Harris. I was born and raised in Joliet and attended Joliet Central High school. I went to Illinois State University, where I received my bachelor's degree in Special Education and then a master's degree in Administration. I received my second master's degree from Concordia University in Educational Technology. I began my career in Coal City, as a Special Education teacher for five years before I went back to Joliet Central to teach, in 1996. At Central, I taught Computer Applications, co-taught English and LD Resource. I was a teacher facilitator in the Positive Intervention Room (PIR), a behavioral intervention program, at Joliet Central for ten years. I then moved to my current position at Joliet West as Dean of Students in 2014.
Being a dean makes me happy, as my goal has always been to keep Joliet schools a safe environment for students to learn, grow and become a positive part of our community. I plan to ensure that all of the rules and policies, laid out by our school board, are adhered to by all students. I expect Joliet students to be prepared to learn by being in attendance every day, on time to classes with ID's on, and put forth their best effort.
I have an open door policy in my office and welcome students and parents to come to me with any issues or concerns that they may have.
Have a great school year and enjoy your high school years by being involved, kind to others, and remember to smile at everyone you meet.