KMEA Hall of Fame
Patricia Lee Harry
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 Choir Chair.

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 Standards.

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!"