Mr. Howell is a 23-year veteran teacher and currently the band director and music teacher at Claymont City Schools in Uhrichsville, Ohio. Over the last eleven years, Mr. Howell has developed a music class that includes a performance ensemble for students with special needs at both the middle school and high school levels. This ensemble provides opportunities to a group of students that did not have a chance to participate in a musical performance in the past and has evolved into a great source of pride in the school district.
Mr. Howell and his students have been featured in the documentary film, "922 From Academic Watch to Academic Wow!" and they have been seen several times in the Times Reporter Ohio newspaper. Mr. Howell has presented his teaching methods at professional conferences for both special education and music educators in Ohio.
Mr. Howell has most recently created a performing group at Advocates for Success, an organization that provides life skills training and vocational programs for adults with disabilities in New Philadelphia, Ohio.
Mr. Howell holds a Master'ís degree in Educational Administration from Ashland University and a Bachelor'ís degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University.