As the School Support Officer for Elementary Learning Area 4, Dr. Howard Harvey provides leadership coaching, support and supervision for nine elementary schools. He works in collaboration with principals to ensure the execution and implementation of school improvement initiatives.
Harvey began his career as an exceptional children (special education) teacher in 1993 in Montgomery, Alabama. He then served as an assistant principal in Alabama and Georgia for the next seven years on both the elementary and middle school level. In 2003, he was appointed principal of Kelly Lake Elementary School in DeKalb County Georgia. As a Title I distinguished school principal for more than seven consecutive years, he received several awards for having the highest percentage gains in mathematics.
In 2006, he was one of 50 school principals across the country selected to participate in the College Board Leadership Institute for Principals sponsored by the Bill Gates Foundation. Harvey has worked in urban, rural, Title I and non-Title I Schools. As a pioneer in school leadership, Harvey specializes in school turnaround and eliminating achievement gaps.
For the past six years, Harvey has worked as a School Transformation Coach for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in the Division of District and School Transformation.
While working for NCDPI, he was responsible for providing district-wide professional development on the new common core standards, facilitating state-wide leadership professional development, and coaching school leaders in developing and implementing high impact school improvement initiatives. This work has also allowed him to evaluate schools and districts by conducting Comprehensive Needs Assessments and providing feedback on School Improvement Plans. He has collaborated to write state leadership coaching procedures and protocols.
Harvey is a proud alumni of Hampton University. He enjoys activities with his family, playing golf, tennis and reading. He is excited to be in Guilford County and is eager to improve the lives of children.