Get to know Howard Townsend, Jamestown High School Principal

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Published On: February 6th, 2020

Assistant Superintendent, Cathy Worley, JHS Principal, Howard Townsend and Superintendent, Olwen Herron, Ed.D.What three career lessons have you learned thus far?

1. Having the right answer to the problem is only a part of the solution. The people you lead must trust you and your data first.

2. There are no programs or secrets to helping students succeed. When we mix prepared and supported teachers with students, we get increased academic achievement. I’ve learned that my efforts as a learning leader must focus on supporting teachers in honing their craft.

3. Finally, I’ve learned that my experiences color my perspective of everything. In order to help students and teachers grow, I need to listen to their experiences to understand how to help.

What would you do for a career if you were not a principal?

If I were not a principal, I would like to be a naval aviator. The movie Top Gun spoke to me. I’m color blind have a fear of heights, but I wanted to be on an elite team like in the film.

What is the best vacation you took?

I took my wife to Paris, France and asked her to marry me again (She said yes!). The best part of the trip was commenting on the art in the Louvre with my best friend.

What is one material thing you cannot live without?

I have my grandfather’s wedding band. My grandfather served in the military and worked at the shipyard. Throughout his life he valued his family, name, and faith. That ring reminds me from where I came and where I should be going.

What hobby do you spend the most time on?

I find myself proficient in discovering who committed the crime in Law & Order episodes before the 30-minute mark.