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Maureen Harris BMA ’97, MEd ’06

2012 Recipient of the Alumni Award of Merit

Maureen Harris is an educator and music professional who has dedicated 30 years to the education of young children. Creator of Mozart & the Young Mind, a music and movement curriculum for children, Harris continues to share her musical knowledge with fellow educators throughout the world in workshops and conferences.

Harris’ publications include Listen to their Voices, a journal for early childhood educators, an instructional book with accompanying CDs for teachers, and a comprehensive early childhood music education book for music graduates.

Her dedication to teaching was recognized by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association with the presentation of the Hugheen Ferguson Lifetime Achievement Award. That same year, she received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education. “A good teacher inspires a thirst of learning that lasts a lifetime,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “The outstanding teachers honoured today are an inspiration to us all. They play an invaluable role in our children’s development and in the future success of our country.”

Harris is currently a sessional instructor at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Education where she is pursuing her PhD as well as the Principal and Executive Director at Lakeview Montessori.