PRESTON – As the Preston School District prepares for an August 23 first day of school, Dr. Lance Harrison will begin his tenure as the district’s new superintendent.
Board Trustees named Harrison, the former Preston elementary coordinator and special education director, the district’s new superintendent back in April. The 1994 Brigham Young University graduate has been working in the district for 22 years. He worked for five years prior to working in Preston teaching in the Grace School District.
“I just thought the array of experiences in education I’ve had over the years and felt like I had a something to offer and contribute to the district,” he said. “After being a teacher and administrator for 27 years we develop talents and skills that I hope will benefit the district.”
Harrison also earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Idaho State University, an EdS and Superintendents endorsement license from Northwest Nazarene University, and to cap off his education a PhD in education from Northwest Nazarene all while working full-time for Preston School District.
“I thought when I went back to school it would give me credentials to teach night classes at the university level,” he said. “During the process of getting my PhD they gave the option of getting a superintendent option along the way, so I did that.”
Many of the classes focused on superintendency and being a research professor.
Not only has Harrison spent time as a principal at an elementary school, but he also was a principal at a junior high and he was a point man for the former superintendent to help the principal at the high school. He was also Special Ed administrator.
“Since becoming superintendent I have talked with almost all of those who came before me and have left their mark on the district,” he said. “In fact, I have the former superintendent Marc Gee on speed dial.”
Harrison takes over for Superintendent Marc Gee who accepted a position as superintendent in the Middleton District after leading the Preston School District for six years.