Top 10 Highlights of the 2019-2020 School Year #8 – Howard High principal named Tennessee Principal of the Year and Bill Gates takes notice
Posted on 05/12/2020
Photo: Bill Gates signs the wall at The Howard School as Principal Dr. LeAndrea Ware shares the school's goals for graduates.We are reviewing the Top #10 highlights of 2019-2020 as we wind down to the end of a very unusual but successful school year. The highlight at #8 is Dr. LeAndrea Ware, principal of The Howard School, named the Tennessee Principal of the Year and the school's recognition by Bill Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. LeAndrea Ware, principal of The Howard School, was named the 2019-2020 Tennessee Principal of the Year at the Tennessee Department of Education's LEAD conference in Nashville in early November.

Dr. Ware returned to her alma mater at the end of the 2017-2018 school year as interim principal to lead The Howard School through the remainder of the year, and her love for the school and community led her to become the permanent principal at Howard. She has a passion for exuding HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) and working to foster an environment of success for all students and teachers. She also believes in shared leadership and empowering students and teachers to engage in school leadership in creating positive change.

Bill Gates visited the school and wrote about Howard in his blog called GatesNotes a few weeks later in November. The blog featured the school's turnaround to prepare teens in the community for success after graduation. The title of the blog "I love this school's energy!" sets the tone for Gates' impressions of The Howard School from his visit to see the Hustlin' Tigers at work.

"I came away from my visit as excited about Howard as any school I've ever seen," wrote Gates. "What I experienced that was so inspiring is a community that's come together to help turn around their school's fortunes. Local businesses, community leaders, parents, teachers, and students are all determined to make Howard one of the best schools in the state. And they are starting to make progress."

Read the Bill Gates blog about The Howard School https://www.gatesnotes.com/Education/I-love-this-schools-energy?WT.mc_id=11_19_2019_10_HowardSchool_GFUS-GFOUSP_&WT.tsrc=GFUSGFOUSP

Gates' video about The Howard School https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99gERWHEQko&feature=emb_logo

Top 10 for 2019-2020
#10 – Six new Future Ready Institutes added along with new branded community partners
# 9 – 20 schools receive a grant from Usher and Little Kids Rock
# 8 – Dr. LeAndrea Ware named Tennessee Principal of the Year, and Howard honored by Bill Gates

Photo: Bill Gates signs the wall at The Howard School as Principal Dr. LeAndrea Ware shares the school's goals for graduates.