Garrett Howlett graduated from Appalachian State University in 2014 and teaches technology, business and drafting courses at Mount Airy High School. He said that Appalachian helped shape the way he approaches teaching.
“I was well prepared in problem solving and integrating project-based learning into my lesson plans. Through the university I was able to get a lot of hands-on experience in learning both the technologies and how to deliver an engaging and comprehensive lesson through multiple courses and internships,” Howlett said.
Howlett double majored in technology education and building science. His technology education major is now called Career and Technical Education, which is offered in five concentrations.
Howlett loves teaching because every day presents a new challenge and problem to solve, both for himself and his students.
“I love working with youth and helping them figure out what they want to do with their lives. Working with CTE gives me the opportunity to teach project-based learning where students get hands-on experience in career fields they may be interested in pursuing in the future,” Howlett said.
When Howlett applied to colleges, Appalachian’s student life, affordability and educational standard caught his eye.
“You get a more affordable education without losing the college experience everyone dreams of,” he said.
Howlett spent most of his time at Appalachian in the Reich College of Education and what’s now called the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment. He said he viewed these departments as a giant workshop for prospective technology-based professions where students could practice, play and learn.
“If anyone is considering a career in technology or education, they should deeply consider attending Appalachian. Appalachian has everything a college student could ask for. It provides students with an excellent education at an affordable price, with the same opportunities as big universities. There are a lot of extracurricular activities to participate in, football and a top-of-the-line education,” Howlett said.