APPLE VALLEY, Calif.- The Apple Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees have appointed Suzanne Howell principal of Apple Valley High School, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Howell, an assistant principal at AVHS, will fill the vacancy left by current principal Dustin Conrad, who is set to become Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at the beginning of the calendar year.
“There’s no place like Apple Valley and I’m looking forward to continuing to maintain the student programs, commitment to student equity, and tradition that make our school so unique,” Howell said. “From rigorous AP classes to CTE pathways that prepare kids for amazing careers, we really have something for every student and I plan to provide as much support as possible to keep that going and hopefully elevate it to the next level.”
Howell emphasized her commitment to student equity across all areas. “When we say we’re committed to all students, we really mean ‘all’. Our community is diverse in many ways and we’re committed to serving the entire community, kids coming from all walks of life. That is personally very important to me,” she said.
Howell credited AVHS staff for the monumental role they play in the success of the students and the school, and said that she is excited to continue to work alongside a staff that is truly committed to students and families. “We have teachers that really go above and beyond what is already asked of them to make sure students are getting accommodations or that they’re given opportunities,” she said. “We all want to make sure that every student has the opportunity to be successful.
This is Howell’s third year as an assistant principal at AVHS. She previously held the role of an assistant principal at a high school in the Phoenix area, where she helped implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to improve social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students. Prior to stepping into administration, Howell worked as a teacher and athletic trainer in the Phoenix area, where she helped start a CTE track in healthcare at a new high school. She also spent a year working at West Point as an athletic trainer and exercise science instructor. Howell holds a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in sports medicine from Pacific Lutheran University, a master’s degree in sports healthcare from Arizona School of Health Sciences, and a master’s degree in education administration from Northern Arizona University (Phoenix Campus). Howell grew up in Alaska.