MECHANICSVILLE, Va. – Caroline Harris, principal of Oak Knoll Middle School (OKMS), is the Hanover County Public Schools winner of the 2016-2017 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership by The Community Foundation.  As a recipient, Harris will receive a $7,500 cash grant, as well as an additional $7,500 towards a school project.
One principal from each school division in the counties of Hanover, Henrico, and Chesterfield, as well as the City of Richmond, receives the award annually.  It serves to “recognize the principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment.”  The school community and the public make the nominations.
“I am incredibly honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award.  Now I can begin to transform our library into a flexible, interactive learning space for innovation where users can connect, explore, create, and collaborate with their peers and other members of the learning community. This space will be called the ‘Libratory’,” said Harris.
“Ms. Harris is very deserving of this recognition, and I am proud of her accomplishment.  Her commitment to her students and her staff is evident in all she does each day.  I am grateful for her leadership and service,” said Dr. Michael Gill, Superintendent of Schools.
Harris began her career in education in 1990 as a fifth grade teacher. She has been employed by Hanover County Public Schools since 1994.  She served as a teacher at Stonewall Jackson Middle School before becoming an assistant principal at OKMS in 2001. She has been the principal of OKMS since 2007.