Jo Ann Howard

2018 HONOREE
Jo Ann Howard ’74NDC

For more than 30 years, Jo Ann Howard has dedicated herself not only to educating young people, but providing valuable workshops for administrators, teachers, and other school employees to further the goals of the institutions they serve.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at St. John’s University, she earned her Master of Science degree in Education/Urban Studies from Fordham University. For the next several years, Jo Ann worked as an elementary school and substitute teacher throughout the Brooklyn Diocese and within the New York City Board of Education. She later received Teacher of the Handicapped and Supervisor Certifications from Kean College and Kean University, respectively.

In 1986, she joined the Middlesex County Educational Service Commission as a Compensatory Educational/Supplemental Instructor. There, she taught basic skills, remedial subjects, and mainstream curriculum in non-public schools. In 2004, she was appointed Supervisor of Nonpublic School Services there. In that role, she served as Supervisor of K-12 teachers, nurses, and I.D.E.A.-B. aides, and Coordinator of in-service Workshops for nonpublic administrators, teachers, nurses, and child study team members.

In 2005, she joined the C.R.E.A.T.E. Charter School in Jersey City, NJ, and served in various capacities including: Supervisor of Special Education (grades 6-12), Acting Principal, Supervisor of Special and Regular Education Teachers, Coordinator of Special Education/CST Program, Affirmative Action Officer, Home Instruction Program Coordinator, and Special Needs Program Coordinator.

Jo Ann has received a wide variety of honors and awards, including: in 2003, New Jersey Governor’s Teacher Recognition, in 1996, Teacher Recognition from the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering, and the 2005 Central New Jersey Hemophilia Association Benefactor Award. She also won recognition from the National Association of Professional Women in 2013.