Congratulations to Master Sargent (Retired) Darell Howard for being chosen Teacher of the Month by members of the student body. According to Principal Russ Moore, “These students were asked to list teachers who are having a positive impact on their lives and are challenging them to be better students and people. They chose a group of our teachers who will be recognized each month, as they have for the past few years. Administrators and students appreciate our teacher’s daily efforts in our building! Go Lions!
1. Where were you born, and what high school did you graduate from?
I was born in Sumter, South Carolina and graduated with the class of 1990 from Sumter High School. GO GAMECOCKS!!! Favorite high school memory? My favorite memories are all with my AFJROTC unit. Of them, the most significant memory is when I received my Drill Team Letter.
2. Why did you decide to become a teacher?
Simply the impact my ROTC instructors had on me and the way they shaped my life was something I wanted to be for students today.
3. If you did not teach, what do you think you would do?
Most likely I would be working on a military base somewhere. I’m comfortable in that environment.
4. What is one of your favorite quotes and why is it special?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” by Gandhi. This is one of my favorites because it tells us that anyone can start a positive change. It takes only one person to form a line then others will fall in behind. Instead of waiting for someone to do something, start with yourself and watch what happens.
5. What do you do with all your free time when you are not teaching?
I don’t have much free time but when I do have a moment I like to go camping, hang with my family at a local event, at the movies or just around the house.
6. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I love learning new things. With the amount of information at my fingertips, I do learn whatever comes to mind at the time. I am currently looking at schools to get another Master’s Degree in Social Work.
7. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
After giving to my church, of course, I would provide much-needed resources to Foley High AFJROTC and other CTE clusters.
8. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?
I can find something good in every bad situation. Every experience you have is an opportunity to learn from a mistake or confirmation that you are on the right track.
9. What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
Use my fists for conflict resolution when I should have used my brain.
10. What do you miss most about being a kid?
Nothing at all. I like being grown.
11. What was the last good book you read?
More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
12. The best advice you would give a 20-year-old would be:
Set your sights on your goals and have dogged determination to reach them. There will be people or obstacles that stand in your way and may discourage you but always remember your “why” and stay the course!
13. How would you like to be remembered?
As a gracious, humble servant leader who did the best I could to show Christ’s love to everyone I encounter.