Debra Rose Howell

Multiage, Grades 4-6, Monte Cristo Elementary Granite Falls, Washington

Total years as a classroom teacher: 27


National Board Certified Teacher  Middle Childhood Generalist   2000, 2009
Western Washington University  B.A., Education 1984
Everett Community College Associates 1980

Teaching Experience

1995-Present Grades 4-6 Multiage, Monte Cristo Elementary, Granite Falls, Washington
1990-1995 Grades 4 and 3-4 Multiage, Mountain Way Elementary, Granite Falls, Washington
1985-1989 Grade 4, Granite Falls Elementary, Granite Falls, Washington
1984-1985 Grades 6-8, Granite Falls Middle School, Granite Falls, Washington

Special 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


  • Ms. Howell 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.

Mrs. Howell is exceptional. Her classes contain students from
both ends of the spectrum and all points in between. Since she has
students for three years, she learns what works best to bring out their
individual brilliance. Her energetic and innovative approach engages
students. She believes strongly in the potential of each of her students
and presents them with materials that others might think they are
incapable of understanding. She incorporates fun and educational
experiences, such as whale-watching trips, into her curriculum

Siobhan Sullivan, School Board Director

 “Debra keeps the best interests of her students at the
forefront of her actions. She develops innovative programs, takes
chances with implementing new curricula, and procures the help of
outside sources to address deficiencies in her students’ education. When
others say – ‘It can’t be done,’ Debra gets it done. Debra creates a
learning atmosphere that is welcoming to all. Students and their parents
enter her classroom as twenty-five individual learners. They leave her
classroom as a family of twenty-five team members.

Wayne Kettler, Colleague