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.