Inducted in 2017
Patricia Lee Harry received her Bachelor of Music Education from
Pittsburg State University, and completed graduate work at Pittsburg
State, Wichita State and Kansas State Universities. She began her
teaching career in Nickerson, KS, and finished the majority of her
career in Fort Scott, KS. Pat has been the KMEA Southeast District
President and the Southeast District Choral Chair and Middle Level
Pat Harry began piano lessons in kindergarten and never looked
elsewhere for a career. Her Fort Scott choirs received "I" ratings for
26 straight years, while her enrollment numbers went through the roof
wherever she taught. She has always served her own students or
other students and teachers by coordinating reading sessions,
conducting honor choirs, or working to develop a comprehensive and
sequential music curriculum prior to the development of our National
Bob Beckham, Fort Scott Superintendent, says, "Pat provided a
wonderful community service in utilizing the musical talents of her
students. They literally sang 'all over town' for a variety of civic clubs,
community organizations, school events and city gatherings."
Former student Carla Henson says, "Pat Harry was introduced to my
high school choir class as a student teacher from Pittsburg. Any
teacher knows that being a student teacher isn't an easy task. To be
successful, one must have those rare qualities of being 'cool' enough,
strict enough, knowledgeable enough—all of the 'enoughs,'
without being too much of anything, but just enough of everything!
That was Pat Harry!"
Former student, Amanda Johnson, says, "Pat Harry knows how to
instill confidence in her students. This last spring, my son went to
his first piano contest as her student. I was in awe of how secure and
confident he seemed, and yet, I remembered her doing the same for
me when I went to contest many years ago. Pat Harry has
unselfishly touched the lives of many!"