A Bit About Dr. Howard
“Gull Lake has a great staff, a great administration and a great reputation,” Howard said.
He has four children, and two are enrolled at the high school. One is in the 9th grade and taking sign language, while the other is in 8th grade. And he has a fifth on the way.
Howard enjoys spending time with his family, motorcycling and playing sports. He plays basketball against other other teachers in the gym in the morning, plays in a Thanksgiving football league called the Turkey Bowl and multiple softball leagues.He also helps coach both the track and the basketball teams.
Howard learned French in high school after his church asked him to go to Montreal for a few years as a missionary.
“The more knowledge you have, the better off you’ll be in life,” said Dr. Brendan Howard.
Howard is currently the French teacher and virtual mentor at Gull Lake High School and has been with the district for more than a few years.
Seven years ago Jim Corstange, the principal of the high school at the time, asked Howard to be the virtual mentor. Corstange knew Howard had his masters and at the time was working on this doctorate. Howard said he immediately saw the idea of virtual learning as “learning for the future”–especially since, that’s how he earned some of his own degrees.
He said that virtual classes open up a lot of learning avenues not previously open to students and adults and allow them to focus their academia on what they wanted to do with their lives.
“Learning any kind of language is useful and fun,” he said. “Learning French has changed my life by enabling me to speak to more people than I would have been able to otherwise, and I’m surprised at how much I’ve needed to translate things. I do it a lot for a few families around Gull Lake from the Congo.”
Howard has multiple degrees in various fields, including a bachelor’s degree in French education from Western Michigan University, a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree for educational administration from Scranton University, and a doctorate degree in education leadership from Walden University. He also plans to take the Law School Administrators Test to get into a law school for a degree in law.
In acquiring all of these degrees, Howard has accumulated a large sum of student debt. However, Dr. Howard has gotten a large portion of it covered by using multiple forgiveness programs, doing well academically (having a 4.0 for his Doctorate of Education), and receiving numerous scholarships and grants.
“I’d advise students going to college to try to do a lot of things, such as working as many jobs as they can handle and going to a community college instead of a traditional four year college, which is much cheaper, especially for those students that don’t yet know what they want to go to college for,” Howard said. “Also apply for as many grants and scholarships as humanly possible because those are where the real money is at.”