Misson Statement

Our Mission

The Alcohol Abuse Education program is to educate our youth about the health aspects, pitfalls, and dangers of alcohol use at a young age. This program was founded in West Jefferson, North Carolina and will offer education to both adolescents and adults.

As an educator, my career has been spent emphasizing to students a healthy lifestyle including information about the physiology and psychological effects of alcohol and drug abuse, as well as career and life skills needed for success. Drinking mesmerized many young people causing them to make poor decisions and emgage in risky behavior.

 Our goal is to help prepare adolescents with knowledge of the harmful effects of alcohol. We seek to reach students early, that the age of drinking may be delayed and so students may understand that with the appeal of social drinking comes responsibility and consequences. 

 

Mary N. Howell

ABC General Managers Conference 2015

 

 

   

About Us

Mary Howell and Linda Hale
Mary Howell and Linda Hale at the General Mangers Conference

The Alcohol Abuse Education program is to educate our youth about the health aspects, pitfalls, and dangers of alcohol use at a young age. We seek to reach students early, that the age of drinking may be delayed and so students may understand that with the appeal of social drinking comes responsibility and consequences.
This program, founded in West Jefferson, North Carolina and will offer education to adolescents and adults.

ABC General Managers Conference 2015
ABC General Managers Conference 2015

 

Mary Howell has worked in many facets of education. After obtaining a masters degree from Appalachian State University, I continued my professional development by receiving National Board Certification for Professional Teachers and then was admitted to the NBPTS assessment team. I have served as a facilitator at the NC Center for the Advancement of Teachers (NCCAT). I became a certified driver’s education instructor, teaching in several counties for more than 10 years. As a department chair in my school I have written and received many grants totaling over $30,000. Much of my career was spent emphasizing to students a healthy life style which included information about the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and drug abuse, and the importance of healthy nutrition and exercise. I have organized and coached a variety of sports. Contributions in students’ health and life choices have been based on my specializing in drug and alcohol and anti-gambling education. Multiple grants in these specialties have allowed me to expand students’ real life experiences. I have discovered that by providing innovative teaching techniques, my students not only understand, but apply their knowledge and make positive life choices.

We are very proud of the program in our school district to prevent alcohol abuse. The alcohol abuse education program, “Rising Above the Norm”, our students have received has truly made a difference.   The educator, Mary Howell provides a professional, yet personal presentation for students. She is a lifelong educator and coach who believes every child can succeed and be the very best they can be.                                                                                                                           ~Dr. Kim Elliott, Assistant Superintendant of Jackson County Public Schools

“Rise Above The Norm”, is a must see program for all middle and high school students.  Mary Howell offers a fast paced, informative and engaging program on the dangers of alcohol abuse for underage drinking.  Don’t think our teens aren’t exploring this risky behavior; make sure they have the facts delivered in a way that grabs their attention!  ~Mrs. Lynnette Stallings, School Counselor, Ashe County Schools   

 

The BAT Mobile Unit (Breathe Alcohol Test Unit) visits Davie County High School for students to tour and participate in activities using the drunk goggles.

 

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Mrs. Mary Howell teaching students at Ashe County High School the harmful effects of alcohol abuse.

I learned from the Alcohol Abuse Presentation that 2 kids die each week from alcohol abuse.  Parents should monitor their personal alcohol when they have it in the home of teens.  Neither should parents allow students to drink alcohol even when they are monitoring their usage, due to health danger of underage drinking.                                          ~ Ashlee, Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School Student

“Mrs. Howell presented a series of facts and statistics which moved ones thought on harmful and deadly effects of alcohol abuse. One important fact that stuck was about the frontal lobe of our brains are not completely developed until we are 21. It was great to see Mrs. Howell again, you miss those teaches who you know really care about students. Thanks, for coming and sharing this information with us and showing you care.”  ~Joshua, ACHS Student

 “Mrs. Howell informed us on many interesting facts about alcohol that relate to those our age. Even in Ashe County many of the facts are true about adolescents. I know we all enjoyed seeing Mrs. Howell and know she wants all of us to be the best.”                        ~Chetola, ACHS Student

“I feel two of our top priorities as ABC Board members are Alcohol Abuse Education and Alcohol Law Enforcement. After attending this Alcohol Abuse Education class, I am totally pleased and satisfied that our financial support for this training is money well spent and the training is getting right to the children as intended…Many other ABC Boards across NC are currently considering implementation of this program and I strongly urge them to give it serious consideration.”  ~Mr. Haskel McGuire, ABC Board Chairman

The High Country ABC Board is impressed with Mrs. Howells’ program. The interaction she has with the students is wonderful. There is great communication between Mrs. Howell and the ABC Board to keep the board informed of the progress of her program in the schools.                                                                                                                                            ~Mrs. Sara Brewer, High County ABC General Manager

Goal:      Our goal is to help adolescents know responsibility comes with drinking alcohol.

Mission:     As an educator, my career has been spent emphasizing to students a healthy lifestyle including information about the physiology and psychological effects of alcohol and drug abuse, as well as career and life skills needed for success.

Drinking mesmerized many young people causing them to make poor decisions and emgage in risky behavior.  Adolescent brains are more likely to:

  • Act first and think later
  • Disregard any possible consequences
  • Act impulsively
  • Misread social expression and conversation

Endorsements:

  • Mrs. Joyce Edwards: Former DSS Director Caldwell County NC
  • Mrs. Pam Barlow: Clerk of Superior Court- West Jefferson, NC
  • Dr. Pam Scott: Professor at East Tennessee State University: Chair Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis- Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education
  • Mr. Bill Blair,Jr.: Member of The Muscle Car Hall of Fame, Serves on the North Carolina Drag racing Hall of Fame, and help to implement Nostalgia Drag Racing.
  • Mr. Jim Hartley: Sheriff of Ashe County NC
  • Mr. Sam Yearick: Ashe County Manager
  • Mrs. Suzanne Taylor: NC Literacy Trainer/Teacher Academy, National board Certified, and NC Literacy Specialist
  • McDonalds- West Jefferson, NC locally owned by Don & Mary Anne Moore

 

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