J. Michael Harter Map Collection: The Historical Geography of the Llano Estacado
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Mike Harter was born on September 12, 1943, in Lubbock, Texas. He lived in Lubbock until 1973, when he moved to his current residence in Amarillo, Texas. He was married to Janet Raye Guidry of New Orleans on December 30, 1975. They have two children together named Matthew Curry Harter and Jacob Bertin Harter, and two grandchildren named Elizabeth Jewel Harter and Mason Michael James Harter.
Mike Harter graduated from Monterey High school in 1961, then attended Texas Tech University from 1961- 1962. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Scholastic Philosophy from Immaculate Conception Seminary in 1965, and was certified as a Texas state teacher in history and English at West Texas State University in 1975, along with earning his Master of Arts in History.
Harter taught at Christ the King High School in Lubbock, Texas from 1968 to 1973, and then at Alamo Catholic High School in Amarillo, Texas from 1973 to 1983. He then instructed at Stephen F. Austin Middle School in Amarillo, Texas from 1983 to 2001, and then transferred to Amarillo High School, where he taught from 2001 to 2009. Harter concluded his school teaching career after teaching part-time at Ascension Academy from 2009 to 2015.