UCC Names New Associate Superintendent

September 19, 2018 | Kathy Marson

At the July 2018 meeting of the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) executive committee, Archie Harris was voted to be the new associate education superintendent. Harris fills the vacancy left by Rochelle Stanton, who moved to Arizona with her husband, John Stanton.

Harris grew up in a family of educators. His mom and dad taught in elementary schools in the Montana Conference, and his mom’s parents were public school teachers in eastern Montana.

With 30 years of experience in the education field, Harris most recently served as the head teacher at Spokane (Wash.) Countryside Adventist Elementary. Previously he served in the Washington Conference as vice president for education. Before moving to Washington, Harris served in the Montana Conference as the education superintendent, as well as the communication and youth director. He has taught in Adventist schools throughout the Northwest since 1988.

After taking a year off from administration and teaching in a small school, Harris missed working with other teachers. “I have a passion for teachers who work in small schools and don’t have other teachers to bounce ideas off," he explains. "I am looking forward to meeting all our UCC teachers.”

Harris and his wife, Deanna, have two daughters: Alix and Joni. Alix works for Walla Walla University in the marketing and university relations department as their web content manager. Joni is in her second year of her master’s program at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. She teaches freshman English as well.

A favorite pastime for Harris is riding dirt bikes, which his father raced in the 1970s. In Montana, Harris would ride to mountain lakes. More recently he has clocked a few miles in the Seven-Mile off road vehicle park near Spokane.