Dan Harris - Cofounder
Dan Harris, co-founder with his wife of the Kaimen Center, Inc, is an extremely well rounded educator and coach. With his first job in high school as a preschool gymnastics coach, Dan began his lifelong delight of helping all people, but children especially, achieve their dreams. A cheerleader in high school and college, he put his love of gymnastics to work for his educational institutions--Taipei American School and California State University, Fresno. While attending language school and later National Taiwan University in the medical college's Physical Therapy Department, Dan trained with the elite gymnasts of NTU's famed College of Physical Education, some of whom competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games representing Chinese Taipei. Upon arriving in the U.S., Dan soon began working for Clovis Unified School District's Academy of Gymnastics and Dance. Later, he found his heart at an inclusive non-profit organization Break the Barriers. This facility was founded by Deby Hergenrader, a 1976 U.S. national gymnast. Eventually, Dan led the aquatics department for BTB for a year before turning it over to his wife, Megan Harris. This coincided with his creation of the Break the Barriers Music Department. Even while teaching 3 years of high school Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Chinese, and Bible, Dan continued to run this department for five years through musicals, recitals, and concerts until finally moving with his family to Olive Branch Mississippi to be near his aging and ailing parents. Carrying his parents through their struggles with paralysis, dementia, and cancer, along with significant help from the rest of the family, left little time for the formation of their dreamed of NPO, the Kaimen Center. After only a year and a quarter, the Kaimen Center now includes a cottage home school, an after school pick up program, tutoring at all levels of academics, piano and voice lessons, a preschool music program, American Sign Language classes, swim lessons, and gymnastics coming soon. Truly inclusion is coming to Kaimen Arts, Athletics, and Academics.