Nosotros siempre te amaré, Señora Howell

Nosotros siempre te amaré, Señora Howell

As the year comes to an end, we say goodbye to one of our favorite Spanish teachers, Senora Howell. We will never forget her warm smile and enthusiasm about teaching. We sat down with her to discuss her time spent with us and future plans in celebrating retirement. Although we will miss her immensely, we wish her a happy and healthy retirement ahead. Thank you for your unrelenting time and efforts at ODA, Senora Howell.

Q: I hear you are retiring. How many years have you taught at ODA?

A: I started teaching at ODA in 2000, so this completes my 15th year.

Q: What brought you to ODA?

A: Many things. I wanted to teach at an independent school, I had friends who already lived here, and I was ready to do something different.

Q: Describe a memorable moment you’ve experienced here at ODA?

A: When I first came to ODA, there was a lot of wildlife in Lakewood Ranch. When the weather turned cold, we had to remind students to zip their backpacks so that baby rattlesnakes wouldn’t get in! In general, the most memorable moments always happen in the classroom. I’ve had so many, it’s difficult to pick just one.

Q: What have you liked about being an advisor to students?

A: Everything. At ODA, one is able to develop a close bond with students, and they become part of your family. I still stay in touch with many of my former advisees.

Q: What have been some challenges?

A: Life is full of challenges, but that’s what makes us grow as individuals. On a personal level, deadlines stress me out but on the other hand, they’ve taught me how to manage my time.

Q: What are you going to miss the most?

A: Without a doubt, the students and faculty. We connect on so many levels, that it’s difficult to imagine that I will not be seeing them on a daily basis.

Q: What are you looking forward to in retirement?

A: It definitely will be a change, but I look forward to having more time to pursue other interests such a traveling, learning another language, maybe think about writing children’s books, and spending more time with my family.

Q: Do you have any words of wisdom you’d like to share with us before you retire?

A: Enjoy every single day. Do something you’re passionate about. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Be gentle with yourself. Learn to listen. Be grateful.