THOMASVILLE — Terry Howell, current math teacher at Harper Elementary and former Brookwood School faculty member, will be the featured speaker at Brookwood’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18 at the Thomasville Municipal Theater.
Howell taught fifth-grade American history and math at Brookwood for six years. The Brookwood class of 2019 were fifth-graders during Howell’s first year at the school, so many members of the graduating class had him as a teacher at that time.
“To have been involved in [the students’] younger years as they got ready to move into middle school was a blessing,” Howell said, “and now to get to be a part of their send off as they move on to the next stage is... a joy I will always remember.”
Prior to teaching at Brookwood, Howell earned a B.S. in Applied Science from the U.S.
Naval Academy and served for six years as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy He went on to work in a variety of roles in the private sector over the course of 20 years, culminating in his appointment as president and CEO of HD Supply Waterworks.
After he felt the call to teach, Howell joined the faculty at Thomasville Christian School in 2008. He then came to Brookwood in “These students were my first class during my six years as a fifth-grade teacher at Brookwood,” Howell said. “They were also my first attempt at teaching in an elementary school environment, which had some hilarious and touching moments.” During his time at Brookwood, Howell, along with fellow faculty member Marsha Twilley, developed and advanced the school’s fifth-grade curriculum.