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     Wecome to Jesse Lewis Howell's Web page !
    Greetings to all citizens and immigrants, may you create a better life in America !
     A good education connects you to a Global Economy by building  academic and social capital!


    Schedule:  "A" Day: (1) English IV Sheltered-SIOP (2) Conference (3) Practical Writing(4) English II Sheltered-SIOP

    Schedule: " B" Day:  (5)Conference (6)English  III Sheltered-SIOP  (7) Practical Writing(8) English I Sheltered-SIOP
     Mentor for any current ESL or former ESL student & Co-Sponsor for International Spanish Club 
    Morning and Evening Tutoring available ; plus A+ Credit Recovery by appointment only!) 
    Late work and extended time is negotiable with parental notification. 
    If  students do  work above and beyond normal expectations, then they will enhance their grades. For example, a report summary of a movie, or a report summary of a work of literature.

    Georgetown High School Phone: 943-5100 x. 7031
    Email: howellj@georgetownisd.org



    Personal  Background

    I am a native of the Rio Grande Valley in deep South Texas, where most Texans are bilingual and bi-cultural; also, having relatives on both sides of the Rio Grande River is a plus. Truly having a Pan American perspective is a tremendous advantage for any teacher in Texas, especially with changing demographics.
    My degrees are in Art, English, Spanish, Business Administration, Inter-American Studies,  ESL/Bilingual Education, and ...M. Ed.  in Clinical Supervision from the University of Texas Pan American. Also, I have traveled extensively in Mexico and studied Spanish in Colombia South America at the Universidad del Cauca; plus,  worked concurrently for AT&T on customer service and for Security Service Federal Credit Union, dealing with customer financial services, while teaching in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. 

     My wife and I  have two boys, Lewis and Bryan, who are working on advanced degrees at UTSA (MBA) and Duke University (Bio-Medical Ph.D. )respectively.  Mrs. Howell, also a business major, works for the Texas Alcohol & Beverage Commission in San Antonio and occasionally works as a substitute teacher.
    Besides teaching, I enjoy reading modern science philosophy, writing an occasional letter to the editor, playing with my cat, Yuri ; and driving around the scenic Texas Hill Country-- on a clear, sunny hot day.

    ****Education Philosophy**** 
          My approach to teaching is student-centered in that a teacher must adapt to the learning styles of each student in order to maximize learning. Every student is important; and all personnel involved in our district--from the superintendent to the maintenance worker-- must work together to make sure that investments on each student ends in graduation, in a timely fashion, because  each student will be a contribution--or a burden-- to our Georgetown Community.  

      Viewing education from both an economic positive-sum perspective and a social normative perspective helps students prepare for work in our global economy. Students that earn a high school diploma today have many vast horizons full of opportunities ahead of them. Classes  are managed via mutual respect, support, and looking for alternatives in everyday learning activities. These principles are invaluable in the daily grind of public service.  
      Grades take into consideration both formative and summative assessments. Besides exams and quizzes, students earn grades  on class discussions, common assessments, and performance on tasks ( essays, power points, journals). Also, students may continually upgrade their scores by retesting, attending tutoring sessions, and asking critical questions of lessons presented by the teacher, or fellow students.
      Students must be engaged in classroom activities so I incorporate a variety of lessons, ranging from teacher-centered  (lecture) to student-centered ( silent reading) and to student-assisted ( peer panels). Outside the classroom at-risk students are encouraged to join an extracurricular club and ideally matched with a mentor.  
      Having  specialized training in ESL, I am a strong advocate for a system of interaction in the classroom developed by Chamot & O'Malley. This system called CALLA ( Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach) provides student support in five areas ( verbal, reading, thinking, questioning, and writing) in order to ensure optimal success in high school and beyond. Besides academic support, one cannot ignore socio-cultural theory to support and motivate a new immigrant in their new environment.