The Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) has chosen Howard High School principal Dr. Le Andrea Ware as its 2019-2020 principal of the year.
HCDE says Dr. Ware's love for the Howard School and innovation as an educational leader earned her the honor, as she closes out her first year as the school’s leader.
HCDE says Dr. Ware has a passion for exuding HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) and working to foster an environment of success for all students and teachers. Ware also believes in shared leadership and empowering students and teachers to engage in school leadership in creating positive change. “Four administrators alone will not transform Howard High School,” Ware said. “It definitely takes a collective effort from all!”
Changes at Howard High started early this school year and signaled the vision Dr. Ware had for the “Hustlin’ Tigers.” Some of the Howard High innovative programs and strategies established under Dr. Ware’s leadership include:
- Transition Academy: A customized non-traditional learning program for students with extenuating circumstances
- Intermission vs. Suspension: Students are assigned to a smaller, intensified learning lab instead of short-term suspension
- Saturday Success Academy: Extended and enriched Saturday learning labs for high school scholars
- New Comer Center: One-year of intensified language acquisition support for non-English speaking students to build a strong English speaking foundation
- Intensified Support Services: Combining the skills of behavior specialists and school counselors to provide customized support to help restore and rebuild student
- Attendance Mentor Initiative: All faculty and staff members assigned as attendance mentors to help reverse chronic absenteeism trends of students.
Benchmark results are positive for the 2018-2019 school goals of increased student achievement, reduced out-of-school suspensions, reduced behavioral infractions and reduced chronic absenteeism rates. Dr. Ware has also worked to provide a pathway for all students by enlisting the support of community partners to improve Advanced Placement courses, dual enrollment opportunities, career technical courses, Future Ready Institutes, and a revitalized theatre program.
“Having worked for several principals in my 35 years, you are, without a doubt the most enthusiastic and energetic of them all,” said Timothy Davenport, a math teacher at The Howard School, in a message to Dr. Ware upon learning about her selection as principal of the year. “Your desire for student success and genuine love of each one is evident in your words and actions."
According to HCDE, Dr. Ware will advance in the Tennessee Principal of the Year program in the search for the best principal in the state. Hamilton County Schools has had two winners of the state award in recent years with Robin Copp, former principal of Ooltewah High, earning the honor for 2017-2018; and Ronald Hughes, principal at Apison Elementary, taking the top honor in 2014-2015. Finalist for the state honor for this year will be selected by July with the winner announced in the fall.