La’Kishia Harris is a graduate of Tennessee State University (2014) in the area of Master of Science in School Psychology. Born in Nuremberg, Germany with New Orleans roots, La’Kishia has gained the understanding that anything done with discipline on a daily basis prepares you for your destiny. A product of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, she desires to be an advocate for the youth in Middle Tennessee.
La’Kishia’s dedication to this endeavor started as a junior in High School when she worked for the Community IMPACT of Nashville as a Youth Mobilizer and Education Advocate. As a youth mobilizer, she saw first-hand how there was a need for College Access in MNPS. She continued to seek focused and viable opportunities for personal and professional growth. Her relationships extend beyond students which have taught the value of results and relationships with both teachers and administrators. As a former College Mentor with the Oasis Center (2013), La’Kishia then transitioned into The United States Department of Education Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) which aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation students enrolling and succeeding in college. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) manages this discretionary grant. For nearly twelve years, La’Kishia has advocated for youth and their families in Middle Tennessee. Currently, as Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) Site Coordinator with MNPS, she executes outreach plans and strategies to effectively inform and ensure families have equitable access to a great public education.
La’Kishia is passionate about educating and advocating children and giving back to the Nashville community. This is evident through her volunteerism with the Junior League of Nashville, Mosaic Fellowship, Nashville International Center of Empowerment, and Young Leaders Council. La’Kishia’s goal is to make the future brighter by continuing to educate the next generation.