Vice principal will be piloting Eagle Butte High SchoolPosted on June 16, 2022 by 40 Mile Commentator
By Anna Smith
After two years as the Vice Principal, Rochael Howes prepares to start the new school year with a new position and new plans for the school she loves.
Howes will be taking on the role of Principal at Eagle Butte High School, beginning in the 2022-2023 school year.
“I've been vice principal here for the past two years. And so the first year I was here, the principal Mark Heinricks, went to Central Office. And now the second year now Boyd Craven has gone off and is working at Central Office. So the opportunity came up, and after being here for two years and seeing what a great staff it is, and the amazing students we have here, it's exactly where I want to be,” said Howes.
Prior to her time at EBHS, Howes was vice principal for three years at Parkside School, which means that many of the students currently at Eagle Butte, she has known for a long time and has been able to make a connection with.
The last two years have presented a unique challenge, said Howes, but one that’s taught her skills she’s excited to take with her into her new position.
“It's all been a lot of COVID. We're just kind of coming out of that, and we're and it's really been awesome to see we're back having assemblies this year, sporting teams have been able to compete for most of the year,” said Howes. “And so that experience has been really great. And the experience of seeing staff and students be resilient through this tough time has also been really awesome. But now we get to, you know, bring the fun stuff back into it.”
Howes has been teaching since 2002, from the Catholic District to teaching overseas in Japan, with Masters of Education in School Leadership and Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Kinesiology.
“I first started out at university thinking I wanted to be a physiotherapist. So I started off studying kinesiology,” said Howes. “And then the life garden of teaching lessons. And I really enjoyed teaching. And so I made the switch over to education. And then once I got there, I was like, ‘Why did I not think of this sooner? I loved school growing up.”
Howes has many plans for the school which she’s excited to work on with the staff, and while slightly nervous, is looking forward to the upcoming year at Eagle Butte.
“There's such cool stuff going on here at Eagle Butte, with our Flight Academy, which is such an incredible program. And what we're doing with hockey and the hockey teams, and with our back to business, you know, having kids actually creating a business and making money in that area. There's just so much going on here,” said Howes. “I am just so excited how we're gonna keep going over the next, little bit.”