Born in Louisiana, Harriet had an early love of art and studied art education in college. Upon graduation, she went on to become an art teacher in New Orleans public schools.
She later moved to TX and taught art there; as well as science, speech arts, and other subjects like most young teachers do. First graders through ninth graders amazed her daily with their creativity and inquisitive natures.
While she gained experience and invaluable insight from those days, she found herself becoming disillusioned with the school system and its bureaucracies.
She had volunteered to go into the inner-city schools to teach, but the school system didn’t equip its young teachers for the cultural differences in those schools, and she was getting discouraged and took a leave of absence.
“You have to understand the culture before you can do anything,” she says, “and we were really not prepared to work with these kids.”
“Real estate was in my blood”
During her leave, she looked into the possibilities of working in real estate. Her grandfather had been a real estate agent, so, as she says, “Real estate was in my blood.”
She became an agent but took with her the lessons she had learned as a teacher in different environments with diverse populations. She learned to work with her real estate clients as individuals with unique wishes and needs; helping them clarify what it is they are really looking for.
Her skills as a teacher were a natural fit for this work: Once again she was not only imparting knowledge but had to encourage others to think about that information, plus how to wade through feelings to get to the core of what they really wanted.
Managing Expectations While Making Dreams Come True
There’s a delicate balance she has to strike between managing expectations while making dreams come true – a sort of very practical Fairy Godmother.
So how does someone with Harriet’s special blend of personal insight, love of art, and talent for real estate end up in Vallarta? By accident of course!