Meet The Principal

Sue Harris brings to the St. Cecilia community thirty eight years of experience in local Catholic education, having served as a longtime principal at the K-12 levels, as well as a Spanish and English teacher within the classroom.  Mrs. Harris also traveled to several public and parochial school campuses within the Portland metropolitan area in her role as Supervisor of student teachers for the University of Portland.  2018-2019 marks her ninth year as principal of St. Cecilia School and twenty first year as a Catholic school principal.

A native Portlander, Mrs. Harris grew up in the eastside Woodstock neighborhood, attending Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary School and La Salle High School (now La Salle Catholic College Preparatory).  A member of the University Scholars’ Program at Portland State University, she earned her B.A. in Spanish and English, in addition to her Oregon teaching certification.  While teaching at La Salle and St. Mary’s Academy, she worked to attain her M.A.T. in English from Lewis & Clark College, the same institution from which she later received her Administrative licensure.

As a former principal of both St. John Fisher School in southwest Portland and Valley Catholic Middle and High School in Beaverton, Mrs. Harris brings a rich background of vision, leadership and community involvement to her administrative role at St. Cecilia School, as well as a deeply held belief in the many benefits of a quality Catholic education.  The school’s mission—“to partner with parents to prepare students to be responsible citizens and life-long learners with strong Catholic values”—is reflective of her own philosophy regarding the importance of teaching the whole child, not only in terms of academics and moral values, but in the areas of enrichment, physical and social development.

On a personal note, Mrs. Harris has been married for thirty eight years to, as she will tell you, the most wonderful man in the world.  She and her husband have two grown sons, one of whom is a principal at a Catholic school in SE Portland and one who works as a software engineer in San Francisco.  Mrs. Harris credits her love of education to her parents and teachers, who always believed in her and had faith in her ability to make a difference in the world.  She is thrilled to be a part of the St. Cecilia family and feels that it is both a privilege and pleasure to serve as its principal.