ASHS Employee First Sergeant Seth Howell Receives Award

March 2020

Staff Reports

First Sergeant Seth Howell has been chosen as the Americus-Sumter High Teacher of the Month for February, 2020. Each month one ASHS teacher is selected to receive the award for exhibiting exemplary service to students and parents. Assistant Principal Todd Vickery presented Howell with the award during a ceremony in the ASHS library last week.

Howell has thirteen years of teaching experience, ten of which have been at Americus-Sumter High. In the past he has taught a variety of subjects, including earth science, life science, physical science, world history, U.S. history, economics, and government. He currently teaches Army JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) at ASHS, and considers his content specialty to be Military Science. First Sergeant Howell holds a Bachelor’s in Social Science
from Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey.

Before embarking on a second career in teaching, Howell served in the U.S. Army. Originally from Port St. Joe, Florida, he joined the Army in 1987 as an infantryman. He served in a variety of capacities throughout his twenty-year career, including rifleman, dragon gunner, Bradley gunner, the weapons squad leader, scout sniper squad leader, Black Hat airborne instructor, platoon sergeant, and first sergeant. He retired from active duty in February 2007 as a highly decorated NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer). Over the course of his career, Howell served in a variety of exotic locations, including Hawaii, Germany, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Kuwait, Australia, and Japan.

Howell shared his thoughts on being chosen for the award: “I’m humbled to be selected as ASHS Teacher of the Month. I enjoy working with the cadets and, though it is sometimes trying, it is also very rewarding when I see a student come out of their shell and turn their behavior around 180 degrees. For me, receiving this recognition is the icing on the cake. It feels good to have my work acknowledged in a public setting. I want to thank our administration here at ASHS for their support, encouragement, and
recognition, which I always value and appreciate.”