Our Leadership

  • Greetings from the Principal

    Welcome to the Howard Elementary School website!

    Howard Elementary consists of a very diverse population with an average enrollment of 390 students from preschool through sixth grade. The diversity of our school population exposes all students to the many different world cultures living within our community. Our emphasis is on academics as well as character development. Students are encouraged to think about their behavior and make good choices for their lives by being responsible, self-disciplined and ethical members of society. Our staff includes classroom teachers (preschool-6th grade), preschool paraprofessionals, a literacy coach and Reading Recovery specialist, a counselor, art and music teachers, a P.E. coach and assistant, a gifted and talented instructor, a certified media specialist, ELA paraprofessionals, a part-time nurse, custodians and cafeteria staff, several specialized therapists and examiners, two full-time secretaries and a part-time media clerk. In addition to our staff, we are fortunate to have six strongly committed Partners-in-Education who share our vision of a community of learners: Antioch Consolidated Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Weldon, Williams & Lick, Gerber Products, and Lincoln High School Alumni Association. Our amazing partnership has been honored the past three years by receiving the Fort Smith Public Schools’ Partners-in-Education Bud Jackson Team Award. Through high expectations, Howard students are encouraged to reach and strive for goals, to go beyond their limits, to use their mind, to believe, achieve, challenge and seek success so that they may become well-informed leaders in our community and the world.


    GREETINGS From The Leadership Team


    Our Principal   

    Velmar Greene, Principal

    Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.  ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



    Assistant Principal  

    Melissa Bridges, Assistant Principal 

    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,

    but people will never forget how you made them feel."   ~Maya Angelou



    Leadership Team Members

    Velmar Greene - Principal

    Melissa Bridges - Assistant Principal

    Jane Stewart - Counselor

    Laurete Wright - Lead Teacher

    Beverly Martens - Third Grade Teacher

    Trishalana Hamlet - Kindergarten Teacher

    Kacee Kareus - Title I Specialist

    Amanda Sugg - Special Education

    Lisa Grace - Physical Education


    We look forward to seeing you at Howard Elementary School.

    Velmar Greene, Principal
    Melissa Bridges, Assistant Principal