Amy Howell grew up in the Northwest school district. Now she’s going to play a lead role in preparing the next generation of Northwest students.The Northwest school board at its Oct. 28 meeting unanimously approved Howell as the new principal of Carl E. Schluter Elementary School in Haslet. Howell was recommended by Superintendent Karen Rue.“Amy Howell is an excellent recommendation for the Schluter Elementary School principal position,” Rue said. “I have seen Ms. Howell advance from a model teacher to an exceptional administrator in Northwest ISD. Schluter Elementary School is getting an excellent leader in their school community.”A Northwest High School graduate, Howell began her new job Nov. 4. She was previously an assistant principal at Chisholm Trail Middle School. Howell has taught and coached in Northwest school district since 2004. Howell was an English teacher at Gene Pike Middle School, where she was named the Exemplar Educator of the Year and a district teacher of the year finalist in 2011-12. Prior to Northwest, Howell taught and coached in Baton Rouge, La., for two years.“I am a product of Northwest ISD schools and a proud graduate of Northwest High School,” Howell said. “I am honored to be able to serve as an educator and administrator in this district.”Howell earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s in education leadership from Lamar University. She has participated in several district leadership preparatory academies and has served as an instructional facilitator and a thinking maps trainer.She replaces former Principal Kim Caley, who is the district’s new Executive Director of Human Resources. “I am looking forward to getting to know the staff, students and parent community at Schluter Elementary School and building upon the excellence already established at this campus,” Howell said.A message on Schluter’s web site welcomed the new principal to the campus community: “Please join Schluter Elementary in welcoming Mrs. Amy Howell as our new principal! Mrs. Howell will join us on the field trip to Texas Motor Speedway, then will begin here full time on Monday, November 4. Welcome, Mrs. Howell!” Well QualifiedAlso at the Oct. 28 meeting, trustees received a report indicating that 100 percent of its teachers are highly qualified in core subject areas. As part of the federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act, schools were required to reach that standard by 2007. Northwest has attained that perfect ranking every year since the program began in 2004.The board also learned that Northwest has again received a rating of Superior Achievement under the State of Texas School FIRST financial accountability rating system. The Superior Achievement rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Northwest’s financial management and reporting system.