James Harris

Science Department Chair B.S., Cornell University

James Harris teaches Middle and Upper School Science, is the Science Department Chair, and leads Waterford’s Robotics Program. James earned a Bachelors of Science degree at Cornell University where he studied Natural Resources. While attending university he competed as part of the Lightweight Rowing team. A faculty member at Waterford since 1990, James has filled many roles over the years. James has taught both in the Math and Science Departments and has held numerous leadership roles including Upper School Dean, MS/US Dean of Students, and founder of the Outdoor Program. James has a keen interest in facility and campus design and has been involved in planning as Waterford’s campus has grown and developed. Specific projects of interest include design and construction of the indoor climbing wall in the East Gym, design and development of the campus Arboretum, development of the Campus Master Plan, and the design of a future science facility. James has been Science Department Chair since 2010. In this role he has facilitated technology integration initiatives, founded and designed the Robotics program, and has worked to optimize learning in current facilities while planning for future expansion. Having grown up in Massachusetts, James misses the ocean but greatly enjoys the landscape of Utah and, in particular, the proximity of the Wasatch Mountains, where he spends time with friends and family hiking, biking, skiing, and rock climbing. And, whether in his backyard or in the wild, James always keeps eye and ear alert for interesting birds. James particularly enjoys the opportunities that come from a multi-generation career at Waterford. He finds it gratifying and fun to teach alongside students-turned-colleagues and to teach, with increasing frequency, the offspring of alumni who have included their own children in the Waterford community.