Howell said he decided to become a teacher after serving as a student minster.
“I began to realize the positive influence I could be to a student. I realized if I could learn a skill, teach the skill to someone else, and watch them succeed it was a great reward.”
Howell joined ECCC as collision repair technology instructor in 2010.
He said his favorite part about being an educator is the students he comes in contact with every day.
“I enjoy getting to know my students and teaching them a trade they can use to be successful in life,” Howell said.
He said he felt honored to receive such an award as Instructor of the Year.
“I take pride in my job as I believe most teachers do. I am thankful the teachers surrounding me think so highly of me.”
Since he began his tenure at ECCC, Howell said he has been given many great opportunities.
“I have been to Kansas City, Missouri, for the national SkillsUSA competition, Tacoma, Washington, to an I-BEST conference and to Houston for a Pittsburg Paints & Glass paint certification class, he said.
“I have always enjoyed taking students to the SkillsUSA state competition. Students always seem to work at a higher level during the competition. I believe it helps a student realize their true potential. I also enjoy talking to former students who are employed in the collision repair field.”
Howell knows personally what the competitions mean to his students because he competed when he was a student in the collision repair technology program at ECCC.
Howell was a first-place winner in collision repair technology during both years of competition in the Mississippi SkillsUSA Contest and finished as high as seventh in the national event.
A graduate of Newton County High School, Howell holds two degrees from ECCC: an Associate in Arts in music received in 2005 and an Associate in Applied Science in collision repair in 2007.
Howell credits one of his ECCC instructors for influencing his career.
“Mr. (Conrad) Germany taught me the skills that I needed to get my first job,” Howell said. “He taught me you never stop learning your trade. Mr. Germany continues to advise me even though he has been retired for five years.”
While a student at ECCC, Howell was actively involved in the music program, participating in various groups including the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band; the Ac’cents, the College’s show choir; and the Collegians, ECCC’s rock ‘n’ roll band. In addition, he was a member of various musical productions.
Prior to joining the ECCC staff, Howell served two years as a collision repair technician at Marshall Ford in Union. He held the same position at Charlie Beddington Perfect Collision in Meridian in 2007-08.
Howell has served as music minister at Beulah Baptist Church since 2011. In addition, he has been a member of the County Line Volunteer Fire Department since 2005. He is a former student minister at Noxapater Baptist Church and music minister at Linwood Baptist Church.
Howell is married to the former Aubrie Cleveland of Union. They have two children, Jacob and Annley.