|Michael Howton. Provided.|
Howton earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Northern Kentucky University and master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati.
Beginning his educational career as a social studies teacher at Campbell County High School, Howton advanced to the position of assistant principal. After six years at Campbell County, Howton moved to Ohio where he held the position of assistant principal and principal in schools with student populations in grades 6-12.
The SBDM Council members were very impressed with Howton and the experience he brings. Council member and teacher Rick Rafferty said, “Michael Howton is the right person to lead Highlands Middle School toward our goal of providing a world-class educational experience for all students. He is an experienced leader who cares about every student. In addition, he is an innovator with an extensive skill set and the ability to help each teacher become more effective. Highlands Middle School has made significant strides in the past few years and, under the leadership of Mr. Howton, we are poised to take the next steps.”
Superintendent Gene Kirchner stated, “We are extremely excited to welcome Michael Howton to the Fort Thomas community as the next principal of Highlands Middle School. He is an exceptional instructional leader with a proven track record of success at both the middle and high school levels. The SBDM Council members are to be commended for their commitment to the pursuit of excellence at HMS. I am very confident that under Michael Howton’s leadership, that is exactly the outcome that will be achieved.”
“I feel incredibly grateful to be chosen to lead Highlands Middle School and work within a learning community dedicated to the success of students. Throughout the hiring process, I have been continually impressed with and inspired by the district's mission to provide each and every student with a world-class education. That mission was apparent in each discussion, each meeting and in every visit to the Fort Thomas Independent School District,” stated Howton.
“I recognize the tradition of educational excellence that exists at Highlands Middle School and plan to continue working alongside faculty to build upon that excellence and provide students with learning experiences that are relevant, challenging and rewarding. I would like to thank the SBDM Council and Superintendent Gene Kirchner for selecting me. Together, we are going to do great things.”
Howton succeeds Principal Mark Goetz who will retire effective June 30, 2015.