The Howard School's principal leaves, new interim announced Thursday

Le Andrea Ware is a longtime Hamilton County Schools administrator and graduate of The Howard School. (Images: Hamilton Co. Department of Education, WTVC)

Chris Earl, current principal of The Howard School, has announced his decision to return to his hometown in South Carolina. In his place, a new interim executive principal has been announced: Le Andrea Ware.

Ware is a longtime Hamilton County Schools administrator and graduate of The Howard School.

“As a proud Howard Hustln’ Tiger graduate, I look forward to leading the transition efforts at my alma mater,” Ware said. “My mission will be to support the families in the Howard community, and assist Hamilton County Schools in becoming the fastest improving school district in Tennessee.”

The Hamilton County Department of Education had this to say about Ware:

Ware brings a wealth of educational leadership experience to the interim role of executive principal of The Howard School, and an unwavering commitment to lead the efforts of student academic improvement.

With over 23 years of educational experience, Ware has served as a highly effective educator in a variety of roles throughout the district. She began her teaching career in 1995 and developed into a very successful elementary and middle grades teacher with a passion for the success of her students. In 2002, Ware joined the leadership ranks serving as a coach of literacy instruction and a consulting teacher at several urban and suburban schools.

Ware’s career in administration began as an assistant principal at the elementary and secondary levels. In 2009 she was selected principal of East Lake Academy, and the school was recognized as the fastest improving middle school under her guidance. During her tenure as principal, The Hamilton County Education Association named Ware the “Most Distinguished Principal of the Year,” and she also received the “Hamilton County Excellence in Administration Award.”

Most recently, Ware served as secondary operations director, where she provided leadership for 16 highly diverse schools in the district.

Ware is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she earned a bachelor’s degree in multi-disciplinary education and a master’s degree in school leadership. She secured a second master’s degree in strategic leadership and an education specialist degree in instructional leadership from Tennessee Tech University. Ware will proudly complete her doctoral studies at Trevecca Nazarene University this summer, and she is privileged to be a devoted wife, and mother of two sons and a daughter.

“Hamilton County Schools is very fortunate to have a professional educator with the experience and expertise of Le Andrea Ware to direct The Howard School during this transition,” said Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. “It is an exciting time at The Howard School with a new theater program and Future Ready Institutes coming to the school in the fall, and Le Andrea’s roots in the community and spirit for Howard will ensure the excitement continues to build.”

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