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Welcome Mrs. Harris, Lopez Principal--Read her Letter of Introduction

Dear Lopez Elementary School Community, 

It is an honor and a privilege to introduce myself as the new Principal of Lopez Elementary School and to join this extraordinary school community. I have heard nothing but positive things about the students, staff, and parent community.  In my visit last week, I have met several staff members, students, and families and they all have been welcoming and enthusiastic about the school and have already made me feel like I am part of the Lopez Family. I can assure you that I share in this school community’s dedication to caring for our students every day while providing them with a meaningful learning environment. 

I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 13 years in Hillsborough County. My most recent administrative experience was at Booker T. Washington Elementary where I served as the Assistant Principal for five years.  I am excited and eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to Lopez Elementary School and work with you as a partner in education to ensure the success of every child. 

In addition to my role as an educator, I am first and foremost a mother and a wife.  My husband is an educator in the district.  In August, my daughter Zoey begins second grade and my son Murry joins his big sister for the first time as a Kindergartner.  

I look forward to conversations with staff and families over the next few weeks to gain insights into the core beliefs and values that underlie the Lopez family.  With my goal of continuing the tradition of excellence here at Lopez Elementary School, I am committed to always exploring new ways to meet the needs of all students and to more effectively communicate with parents and community members.   

To our students, I cannot wait to get to know you all individually! I hope that you have a restful and enjoyable well-deserved summer break. You all are resilient and have worked hard through all the changes this school year has brought your way.  I hope you are excited for this coming school year.  I promise it is going to be a fun year learning together.  If you are nearby the school at all this summer, please stop by and say hello! 

I am eager and excited to begin the 2021-2022 school year. I look forward to our partnership and please know that my door is always open to you and I sincerely welcome your input.  

Thank You, 


Zemenaye Harris