Howard Named OHS Dean of Instruction

Tara Howard Headshot

Owensboro High School has named Tara Howard the Dean of Instruction for the school. In this new position, Howard will be responsible for working with principal John DeLacey and the district’s Chief Academic Officer on all instructional and curriculum issues while ensuring student mastery of standards.

“Owensboro Public Schools has a rich tradition of innovation and excellence,” said Howard. “Their student-centered mission of focusing on the whole child aligns with my philosophy on education and the opportunity to join Owensboro High School to pursue my passion was a perfect fit.”

Howard comes to OPS with more than 20 years of educational experience. She has served as the principal of McLean County High School for the past two years. Prior to that, she served as an assistant principal at McLean County High School for four years and the school’s college and career readiness coach for two years. She also served as the principal of Webster County High School for two years. 

“I am very excited to have Mrs. Howard join our staff here at Owensboro High School,” said OHS principal John DeLacey. “She brings experience both as a high school principal and a college and career readiness coach that has prepared her to lead our students toward success in all areas of education. I believe our students and teachers are going to greatly benefit from her expertise and guidance in the classroom.”

Howard earned a Bachelor of Science in middle grades education with an emphasis in math and social studies from Western Kentucky University. She earned a Master of Arts in school administration and her Rank I in educational leadership from Murray State University. 

As part of her duties, Howard will be responsible for everything related to teaching and learning, from developing an accurate and meaningful strategic plan for improving academic expectations to providing facilitated support of professional learning communities. She will also provide building level professional development activities that meet identified needs, apply directly to the improvement of teacher/administrator skills and result in student achievement.

Howard will assume this new position effective July 1, 2020. 

“I am very excited to partner with Principal DeLacey and the rest of the administrators at Owensboro High School to continue pushing every student toward academic excellence,” said Howard.