|Position:||Assistant Director of Academic Support|
As the Learning Services Coordinator, Howard oversees and manages the Tutoring Program, both hiring, training and scheduling all part-time tutors. She also assists in the management of the Mentoring and Transition Programs and the mentor staff. Howard uses the NCAA FLAG/GRO model to assess and assist all at-risk student-athletes as part of the Mentoring Program. She currently works with at-risk student-athletes on a weekly basis, providing structured and objective skill instruction and study sessions. She also provides counseling to student-athletes in the areas of course enrollment, major selection, university requirements and progress towards graduation requirements. Howard is developing a stronger, more skill-instruction based, Mentoring Program in conjunction with monthly workshops available for all student-athletes. She created and implemented the first Summer Bridge Program in 2011 for the incoming UMKC student-athletes. Additionally, Howard serves as a liaison to many on-campus resources including the Math and Science Tutoring and the Writing Studio. She works closely with these resources to provide strong academic support for all UMKC student-athletes.
During the 2010-11 school year, Howard served as an Academic Specialist and an Academic Mentor for SASSO. During this time she mentored and tutored individual at-risk student-athletes by tracking academic progress on a weekly basis. She provided them with weekly skill instruction including test taking, note taking and organizational skills. She created the Mentor Manual and handbook in addition to enhancing the Tutoring Manual. She also initiated and implemented academic success workshops open to all student-athletes.
Prior to serving as an Academic Mentor, Howard was an NCAA tutor and proctor for SASSO from 2008-2010. She worked with student-athletes in all levels of English and Language Arts courses as well as proctored the study hall on a weekly basis.
Howard is an active member of N4A and was awarded the Professional Promise Award in June 2014. She is also a member of NACWAA and graduate of NACWAA's Institute for Administrative Advancement 2014.
Howard earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Secondary Education - Language Arts from the University of Kansas in 2008. While completing her undergraduate degree, she was an active member of the Women's Lacrosse Team from 2005-2007, earning academic all-American honors in 2007. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction - English from UMKC in 2011.
Howard and her husband Nathan reside in Kansas City, Missouri.