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Welcome to Our New Administrator - Dr. Carmen Harris

Kimbell Elementary School proudly welcomes our two new administrators. Please read messages below from Dr. Carmen Harris, Prinicpal, and from Erin Fiallo, Assistant Principal:

Greetings from Dr. Harris

Greetings Cougars: 

I am Dr. Carmen Harris, newly appointed principal of Kimbell Elementary School. I was so excited to learn about your rich history and the impact that you all have had in the community. I too share a passion for connecting and am glad to have found a new home in Kimbell. 

I want to share a little bit about me. I am a native Floridian and have resided in Tampa for the past 7 years. I am married and the mother of 4 children, aged from 4 years to college-aged. I am a die-hard Florida State University Fan so do not be surprised if you hear me shout “Go Noles.”  

As a leader, I believe students have a right to the best educational experiences. To achieve this, I believe an equitable, diverse and rich learning environment will help create the space for this to happen. I look at all children as my own and believe the rewards, sacrifices and consequences needed to produce a “Harris” kid, are the same that should and will be applied to all students in the learning environment. I commit to being visible and accessible, with ears and heart open to collaborate with all stakeholders to produce these outcomes.  

Our families are an integral part of our journey. By partnering together, we can speak to our students’ experiences in and out of school and help our students make connections every day. Our teachers have an opportunity to serve our students and families through daily preparation and demonstration, in order to meet our students’ individual needs.  

Our community members are charged with the “ask” of rallying and supporting our schools and families with ongoing cheers and support and possible resources. Together we can get this mission accomplished because we don’t teach subjects, our subject is our students. 

My door is always open and I look forward to an amazing school year. 


Dr.Carmen J. Harris