Urbandale, IA – May 10, 2024 – The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce Ms. Haley Howell as the recipient of the Educator of the Year award for 2024. This annual accolade recognizes one outstanding educator from the Urbandale Community School District, and Ms. Howell has demonstrated exceptional dedication, innovation, and compassion in her role as a math teacher at Urbandale High School.

Sponsored by Buenzow Insurance Group, the Educator of the Year award celebrates educators who go above and beyond to inspire and empower their students. Ms. Howell exemplifies these qualities through her unwavering commitment to her students’ success and her creative approach to teaching.

One of Ms. Howell’s remarkable achievements this year was her adept handling of new curriculum implementation. While many educators may have feared a decline in student performance during this transition, Ms. Howell tackled the challenge head-on. Despite the changes, her students’ scores showed no dip, a testament to her exceptional teaching skills and dedication to maintaining high standards.

What truly sets Ms. Howell apart is her genuine care for each of her students. She ensures that every individual’s needs are met and isn’t afraid to seek help or show vulnerability when necessary. By prioritizing building relationships with her students, Ms. Howell has fostered a classroom culture where students feel valued, supported, and motivated to succeed. Her empathy and dedication have made a lasting impact on the lives of her students.

“We are thrilled to recognize Ms. Haley Howell as the 2024 Educator of the Year,” said Tiffany Menke, President of Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. “Her dedication to her students, bold teaching methods, and compassionate approach truly embody the qualities we look for in an outstanding educator.”

Ms. Howell will be formally honored at the 2024 Educator’s Breakfast on August 20th, where she will be celebrated for her remarkable contributions to education and the Urbandale Community School District.

Congratulations, Ms. Howell, 2024 Educator of the Year!

For media inquiries, please contact Tiffany Menke at 515-331-6855.

About Urbandale Chamber of Commerce:
The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting economic growth and enhancing the quality of life for businesses and residents in Urbandale, Iowa. Through advocacy, networking opportunities, and community initiatives, the Chamber strives to support a vibrant and prosperous business community.