Harris Nussbaum
Published On: December 20, 2020
harris nussbaum


After a more than a five- decade career in education and an equally long commitment to community service, Harris Nussbaum has earned nearly every local, state, and national award possible. The octogenarian,  married for 47 years to wife Johanna, has received commendations from two California governors, he is a three-time Kiwanis Service to Youth Award winner; he’s been nominated and honored  numerous  times  as Napa County and  Napa  Unified  School District Teacher  of  the  Year, and he was recognized by the Gandhi Institute and Peace Table for his contributions to peace and nonviolence. He even has a bench dedicated in his honor from the students at Vintage High School. The list of his accomplishments and involvements covers three pages. Janna Waldinger, student services  manager  at  If  Given a Chance, cannot say  enough  about the somewhat shy Nussbaum who collaborates with IGAC  in  identifying high school students faced with formidable social, family, medical, and economic challenges. “Through his work as an advisor at New Technology High School,  Harris  changed  the  lives  of hundreds of our students,” said Waldinger. “Harris was recognized  by our organization as the advisor who advocated for and nominated the most students to our foundation.” Said the selfless Nussbaum, a Charleston, South Carolina native who moved to Napa in 1955, “I love people, and I have loved teaching for the past 38 years and developing programs that help both the community and  students.  I  estimate that I’ve taught 30,000 students. Helping them find the key to personal growth has been a delight. To give is to receive.”


Article By: Fran Miller