Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Amy Howerton
When I graduated from high school, my aspiration was to become a journalist. I began working for my hometown newspaper after high school graduation and attended the local community college for two years. While at the community college, I advised the student newspaper and served on several student leadership teams. When I transferred to Western Illinois University, Macomb, my focus shifted to teaching. I graduated from Western Illinois in 1998 with a degree in English and journalism. I have since attended Aurora University to gain my Master’s of Educational Leadership in 2004. In 2016, I completed my Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. I earned National Board Certification in 2006 and renewed that certificate in 2016.
During my first year after college, I taught for two years in Iowa and then moved to the Aurora area and was hired at Oswego High School as an English and journalism teacher. I taught at Oswego High School for three years while advising the student newspaper and served on several leadership committees. When Oswego East High School opened in 2004, I was hired to serve as the English and Fine Arts Department Chair for Oswego East High School. In 2014, I was hired as the English Department Chair at Oswego High School. I am excited to have returned to my roots in the district as a proud Panther!