The 2019-2020 school year will be one of change for Dr. Brandy Howard.
She is the new Old Mill Elementary School principal and, in addition to leading her first school, Dr. Howard and her staff will watch as a brand new facility is constructed to replace the aging building.
“I am overwhelmed with excitement and humbled by the trust that the Site Based Decision Making Council and district leadership have in me,” she said. “I am honored and thrilled to be joining the Old Mill Elementary family.
Since the official announcement, Dr. Howard said she has been touched by the many messages of congratulations.
“I am also truly grateful for the outreach and support of our district leaders, staff, families, and Bullitt County community upon being selected for the position,” she said.
Dr. Howard recalled that as a first grader, her teacher taught her to believe in herself and instilled in a passion for education.
“She made such a profound impact on me that I knew I wanted to influence the lives of children in a similar manner,” she said. “For me, becoming a Principal is the culmination of that goal. My desire is for every single Old Mill Elementary student to believe in themselves and know that they can reach any goal they set for themselves.”
Dr. Howard commenced her career in education with seven years as a classroom teacher at Crossroads Elementary School, thus she has come to know the community very well.
“I believe that Old Mill has the potential to become a top performing school in our state and nation, and I believe that through collaboration with the staff and community, I can lead it to that position,” she said.
During the 2018-2019 school year, Dr. Howard worked as Instructional Coach at Lebanon Junction Elementary School and she will miss the culture and staff.
“When I became an Instructional Coach at LJES, every single person there welcomed me with open arms,” she smiled. “Each staff member touched my heart and made me a better person. They are the most positive, genuine, talented, and compassionate educators that I have ever had the opportunity to work alongside.”
All experiences in education ultimately sculpt an individual’s thinking. Dr. Howard expressed appreciation to school and district leadership.
“Over the last year as Instructional Coach, I have had the honor to learn from our district leaders at Central Office,” she reflected. “I have learned a tremendous amount about building relationships, the importance of systems, the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) process, and best practices. By working alongside Mr. Daniel Mullins, Lebanon Junction Elementary School’s Principal, I learned how to build a positive and collaborative culture, support and build capacity of staff, as well as how to be a strong instructional leader. All of these things have built a solid foundation that I believe will benefit me as a new principal.”
Although the first day back for students in not until Aug. 7th, Dr. Howard is very busy this summer preparing for her duties.
Her short term goals are to strengthen Old Mill’s position in the community and further develop a culture of success.
“Along with our teachers and staff, I will be focused on providing a safe, caring and supportive learning environment that celebrates success and fosters a culture of innovation,” she said.
As for a long term goal, Dr. Howard wants Old Mill to become recognized at the state level and nationally as a PLC model school and/or Blue Ribbon School.
Being the administrator everyone is asking questions can be daunting (Old Mill will also welcome a new counselor this school year).
However, Dr. Howard has a successful philosophy.
“First, love what you do,” she affirmed. “My passion for education fuels my work ethic and makes my job enjoyable.”
Equally imperative is having loved ones on board the journey of education and new challenges.
“My most important secret is to have a support system. My husband and parents are extremely supportive of me and my career,” she said.
Finally, Dr. Howard involves her kids in her educational/work endeavors. By making her job fun and creating opportunities for her children to be involved, she feels she is instilling in them a passion for life-long learning.
Dr. Howard earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts as a Literary Specialist from Union College followed by a Rank 1 Ed.S., Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership and School Administration from Bellarmine University and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with the University of the
She and her husband, Dr. Jeff Howard, Commissioner of Public Health, have two children Jeffrey, four, and Katherine, three.
The Howard family likes being together for walks at Broad Run Park, playing outside and traveling. Dr. Howard also enjoys graphic design and photography.