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     Brandon Howell
    Brandon.Howell@allenisd.org 
     
    Hello!  A little bit about me: I was raised in the Art world. I was born in Abilene, Texas where my dad was a pottery professor and my mom was a high school art teacher. When I was ten we moved to Pineville, Louisiana where my dad took on a position with another university and where I spent the remainder of my childhood and youth. I studied Studio Art at Ouachita Baptist University, in Arkansas, for my first two years of college. During the summer of my sophomore year I took a pottery course from my dad in Louisiana and quickly realized I loved pottery as much as he did. I transferred to Louisiana College where I finished my degree in Art with a focus in ceramics. 

    Following graduation, I married my beautiful bride, Amy, and we moved to Greenville, Texas so I could attend Texas A&M University - Commerce. I earned my Master's degree at TAMUC and shortly after received my certification to teach EC-12 Art. 

    In 2009 I was blessed to begin working at Phoenix Charter School in Greenville, where I taught for three years as the elementary art teacher. PCS was a wonderful school where I had the opportunity to work with students from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. I regularly had English Language Learners in my classroom and I also had the opportunity to work with the Gifted and Talented Program.

     In 2012, after much prayer, we accepted a position with Rio International School as missionaries/teachers, and moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with our (at the time) three children. I spent  two years there teaching Art from Pre-K 1 through 12th Grade. We have been blessed in so many ways during our time here. We even welcomed our fourth child in Brazil this spring, so when we moved back to the States in July 2014, we get to go back with our very own Brazilian. (I would be lying if I said I'm not a little excited that he could someday play soccer for either the US OR Brazil national teams.)
     
    For the past few years, I have been privilaged to teach art at Chandler Elementary School.  Chandler is unlike any school I know, with great support and pride in what we do from the students to the staff.  

    I love what I do. I love Art, I love teaching, and I love making a difference in kids lives.