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Howie Award recipient announced

McCulloch Intermediate School sixth-grade science and TAG teacher Mr. Paul Newhouse was presented with the HP Education Foundation’s John and Eileen Howie Community Service Award during the HPISD Convocation celebration Aug. 11 that kicked off the 2021-22 school year. The Howie Award is given annually to an HPISD staff member who exemplifies a spirit of service to the community. This year’s award presentation was made by MIS students Grady Cothrum, Cooper Alt and Paxton Moore. HP Education Foundation President Dallas Cothrum assisted the students in presenting Newhouse with a monetary award that was established through the foundation by the Howie family and their friends.

Students presenting the Howie Award 2021

Newhouse has been known to spark lively at-home discussions focused on dynamic lessons that take learning to the next level by giving students the opportunity to apply their knowledge outside the classroom through his hands-on approach to teaching and learning. He is described by students as an amazing educator who has ignited a number of student-led discussions at home around the dinner table.

From volunteering in the community to teaching students that science exists outside the classroom, Newhouse exemplifies a spirit of service to the community. He models HPISD’s motto, Enter to Learn. Go Forth to Serve. He volunteers with the Genesis Womens’ shelter and the Lone Star Ride of Aids research. He helped students with the North Texas Future City Award and built the aquaponics greenhouse at McCulloch Intermediate School to demonstrate for students the science behind sustainable living and growing food in the future with limited resources and no soil. But what Newhouse's students might remember him the most for is how he pioneered the use of Minecraft in the classroom.

HPISD is proud to announce, in partnership with the HP Education Foundation, the 2021 Howie Award to sixth-grade science and TAG teacher Mr. Paul Newhouse. Congratulations Mr. Newhouse on being named this year’s Howie Award winner!