Meet the Principal

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HES Principal Billy Harris headshotLike many principals, William (Billy) Harris began his career in education as a teacher. His struggles and successes in school helped spark his passion for education. He was held back in his sixth-grade mathematics class but gave credit to his teachers for helping him stay focused and motivated. “I had some wonderful teachers who helped me get through those initial struggles,” he says. Billy gives credit to Ms. Yungjan, his remedial math teacher, who “allowed me to enjoy math in new ways.” Billy graduated with an honors degree in mathematics and has set goals to help develop systems for eliminating barriers to student success.

Billy comes to Hansen from the Tacoma School District where he has elementary and middle school administrative experience, as well as experience as a middle school math teacher. He most recently served as assistant principal at McCarver Elementary School. Before that, he worked in the San Fernando School District in California where he served a school community significantly impacted by poverty.

Billy’s favorite book to read to younger students is “Sneetches on the Beaches,” a lyrical book by Dr. Seuss about fantastical creatures divided over whether or not they have stars on their bellies. By the end of the book, the Sneetches decide that “Sneetches are Sneetches” and the star does not matter. For older students, Billy chooses to read “The Giving Tree,” a story about the friendship between a boy and a tree, and that tree’s sacrifices for the boy throughout its life.

Here are a few questions we asked Billy:


What song would you choose to sing in front of the entire school?

'Don’t Give Up on Me'  by Andy Grammer.

Who had the biggest influence on you growing up and why?

My brother, Arthur Fernandez Scarberry. He basically raised me while my father was not around. We are still great friends and see each other often.

Do you have a favorite Seahawks player?

Shaquem Griffin; “He has overcome the challenge of losing his hand and still became a professional football player.” Coincidentally, Griffin wears the same number (49) as Billy used to wear when he played high school football!

What are your hopes and goals for this school year?

To have staff and students who are willing to work hard with an open mind, while also having hopes and goals for achieving greatness!

What is one thing your students, or their families, don’t know about you that you want them to know?

Uniting mankind is a goal of mine and I hope that students will look to their peers who are different from them and have an open heart to invite them to be friends and get to know them, especially if they are different.

Billy concludes with this: “I have already come to love Hansen from many levels. Every staff member that I have met has been amazing and really wanting the best for the kids. I had the pleasure of meeting many members of our Hansen Community Council and the HAP Board. I look forward to continuing to partner with them.”

Welcome to the Hansen family, Billy!