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New Ag PTECH principal appointed

June 29, 2017 | Filed in Archive
Mr. Howard sits at a desk.

New HFM Ag PTECH Principal John Howard.

The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Board of Education has appointed John Howard as the new principal for the Agriculture PTECH school.

Howard will replace current principal Kristy Shafer, who announced this spring she would step down as principal June 30 to relocate nearer her family in the Rochester area.

A South Glens Fall native, Howard was last an assistant principal at Hampton High School, a Project-Based Learning school south of Atlanta. Howard received a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he earned a master’s degree in school administration. He also earned an educational specialist degree from Georgia State University. He began his education career in North Carolina serving as a social studies teacher, coach and administrator before moving to Georgia. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting and hiking with his dog, Eddie.

“As a school leader, I believe in personalized learning for each student,” Howard said. “Every student should have their strengths identified and built upon while developing life-long traits that lead to success.”

Howard will officially begin work July 1.

“Mr. Howard brings with him a great deal of Project-Based Learning experience, which is central to the Ag PTECH curriculum,” said BOCES Deputy Superintendent Dr. Lorraine Hohenforst. “We look forward to working with him as we welcome our second class of Ag PTECH students.”