A. Louise Harms

Louise  Harms,  longtime  supporter  and  avid  advocate  for  Florida Grand Opera, serves on the board of FGO and is president of the Opera Guild.  In addition to her steadfast support of FGO’s annual campaign, this season she will  sponsor Young Artist Daniel Shirley.

Given her background as a musical theatre major, it is no surprise that  Louise  signed  on  to  sponsor  Daniel  through  his  second  year in the Studio. After all, she has committed both her career and her volunteer work to advancing the progress of young people through education, first as a teacher and then as principal of Filer Middle School, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High, and North Twin Lakes Elementary Schools. FGO was a Dade Partner with North Twin Lakes, and the students were frequent participants in FGO’s Student Dress Rehearsal Program for ten years.

For her dedication to education, Louise has been awarded many honors, among them the Outstanding Educational  Leadership  Achievement  Award,  Nova  Southeastern  University;  the  National  School Change  Award,  Fordham  University;  and  the  Miracle-Maker  Award,  Big  Brothers and Big  Sisters of Greater Miami.

Upon retiring from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Louise founded and incorporated her own tutoring  and  consulting  business,  Achieving  Academic  Excellence.

Other  community  involvement includes her role as Senior Warden of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and as  a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Trinity.  She chairs the Continuing Education Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters, is a founder of  Mt. Sinai Hospital, and a member of the Zonta Club of Miami Lakes.

An active Zumba enthusiast, Louise enjoys singing and dancing to Broadway’s finest melodies with her fiancé Terry Moore, as well as making trips to the Great White Way and the Met.  The couple also love cruising and sailing.