Congratulations to the 2020 Missouri National Distinguished Principal, Dr. Howard Fields!
Dr. Howard E. Fields III, principal at Givens Elementary School and Steger Sixth Grade Center in Webster Groves, MO, has been selected as the 2020 National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Distinguished Principal from Missouri by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP). Fields was one of 11 principals from MAESP regional networks who were honored February 29 at a banquet held at Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach, MO. The event was held in conjunction with the annual MAESP Leadership Conference.
Dr. Fields spent nine years in the Riverview Gardens School District before accepting his current position with Webster Groves in 2017. In his first year as a principal at Koch Elementary School in the Riverview Gardens School District, Dr. Fields was responsible for navigating what would become known as the Ferguson Unrest. His leadership was a driving factor in Koch Elementary increasing their Annual Performance Report (APR) by 200%.
In 2016, Dr. Fields was recognized by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) as an Exemplary New Principal and named one of North (St. Louis) County Incorporated’s 30 Leaders in their Thirties. In 2017, he received international recognition by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations for innovative research.
In Webster Groves, Dr. Fields has expanded elective course options for sixth grade students to include Computer Science, Drama, Art & Design, and Foreign Language, all with existing district staff. He is dedicated to working closely with community advocacy groups to address inequalities in the areas of inclusion, student performance disparities, diversity, and systemic racism.
Dr. Fields is a co-founder of Black Males in Education St. Louis (BMESTL) designed to support, develop, connect, mentor, and empower current and future educators of color. Howard has also authored several articles in national publications such as Education Week and Principal Leadership.
Howard and his wife Nancy, have four beautiful kids, Howard IV (9), Aniyah (7), Isaiah (4), and Jalen (2).
Dr. Fields will join more than 50 other recognized elementary and middle level school principals in Washington, D.C. in October for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Distinguished Principals Recognition Program