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David C. Howes to Lead EASTCONN’s LEAP School

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This summer, The LEAP School’s new Principal, David C. Howes,  eagerly began preparing for the regional alternative high school’s debut on August 28th. On opening day, in the midst of LEAP’s refurbished, updated interiors, Howes stood, side by side, with his talented staff as they welcomed 11 students to EASTCONN’s dynamic, new, student-centered program. 

“Throughout my career, I have sought to create learning environments where student-centered learning is vigorous, joyful and meaningful,” said Howes, who was chosen after a nationwide search to lead The LEAP School, EASTCONN’s new, regional alternative high school in Willimantic. 

“LEAP is founded on these principles,” Howes said. “Our school will provide students with learning experiences that are built around their personal goals, interests and needs.”

 Located at 729 Main St., Willimantic, The LEAP School is open to all eastern Connecticut school districts and is intended to serve students who may be at risk of dropping out. LEAP will enroll up to 20 students in its first year, and as many as 70 by year three. 

“David is a highly regarded educator with impeccable credentials,” said EASTCONN Leading and Learning Director Diane Dugas. “His experience in creating personalized learning for students is a perfect match for The LEAP School. We’re proud to have him on the
EASTCONN team.” 

Howes was previously principal and executive director (2014-2019) at New London’s Interdistrict School of Arts and Communication (ISAAC), where he taught between 1998 and 2011. He served as ISAAC’s director of academics for many years. He was an education consultant for Hartford and New Haven, and served as assistant principal in Hartford.   

Howes earned a B.A. and master’s from Connecticut College and a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership at
UConn, where he also completed UConn’s Executive Leadership Program. He holds Superintendent (093) and School Administrator (092) certificates. 

Learn more about LEAP at www.eastconn.org/leap.
Email Howes at dhowes@eastconn.org.