Debra Howell

Granite Falls, WA | Years Taught: 1984 – Present

Debra has focused on encouraging lifelong learners, students who will be able to think for themselves, make wise decisions, be responsible, dependable, and self-manage their time effectively. Her philosophy of having children for more than two years enables a sense of security and consistency. This allows Ms. Howell to not spend a month or longer figuring out where a child is academically or socially. Ms. Howell also encourages her students to learn that as they progress through school that they become their own best teacher, making use of the learning tools around them. Ms. Howell has developed a strengthened family feeling by deliberately nurturing family involvement. This allows parents to feel a stronger connection to the children in her class and to her as their teacher. Within the classroom, the students have the opportunity to be the youngest, the middle, and the eldest child.

Additional Recognition

  • 2005 • Golden Apple Award
  • 2005 • Washington State Regional Teacher of the Year
  • 2004 • Masonic Temple-Scottish Rite Teacher of the Year
  • 1997 • Granite Falls School District Teacher of the Year
  • 1992 • Western Washington University, Success in Education Award