Special from Cathedral High School, via Facebook. Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas is pleased to announce the appointment of Pamela Cook Howard to the position of principal, effective July 21, 2017. Ms. Howard succeeds Ms. Aurora Lujan, who retired in June after serving at Cathedral as a teacher and administrator for thirty years.
After a national search, Ms. Howard was recommended by the Principal Search Committee and selected by the Cathedral High School, Inc. board. The board’s chairperson is the Most Reverend Mark Joseph Seitz, Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso.
As the twenty-fourth principal in the school’s history, Ms. Howard brings many gifts and talents to the Cathedral Irish community. Her extensive background as an educator includes Horizon High School principal; Frank Macias Elementary School principal; Burleson Elementary School principal; Executive Director of Special Programs, as well as Executive Director of Administration, for Manor Independent School District in Manor, Texas; and Assistant Superintendent for the El Paso Independent School District.
Commenting on her appointment, she said, “Of all the positions I’ve had in my 37 years of experience, I feel incredibly blessed to begin a new journey in a place that is filled with our Catholic traditions and excellence.”
A native of El Paso and a proud alumna of Loretto Academy, Ms. Howard received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at El Paso. She holds Texas teaching certificates in Education and Special Education, as well as a Mid-Management Administrative Certificate.
Ms. Howard began her career as a special education teacher at Rusk Elementary in El Paso, TX. She has enjoyed working with administrators and department coordinators to enhance schools’ programs in bilingual education, special education, Fine Arts/Academic UIL, social emotional learning and Discipline to ensure strong programs for students.
According to Cathedral High School president Brother Nick Gonzalez, FSC, Ms. Howard’s experience will ensure that she will advocate Cathedral’s mission of helping young students become men of faith. “Ms. Howard is definitely the right leader for Cathedral High at this time,” said Brother Nick. “She has a clear vision for enhancing our school so that we remain competitive and relevant while rooted in our tradition. As we enter our 93rd year, Ms. Howard will energize our entire community.”
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