Nicole Howard » Mrs. Howard's Classroom

Mrs. Howard's Classroom

I feel blessed to be a part of the ABS community, finally "living the dream" as an elementary educator.  When I was a young girl, loved ones often found me strolling around the living room in my mom's high heels and worn out eye glasses, reading to a couch full of stuffed animals and baby dolls.  I had my heart set on being a teacher.  For one reason and another, I followed a different path that led to a degree in merchandise management and a career in fashion design.  Although I loved the travel and excitement of the fashion industry, teaching continued to pull on my heart strings.  After 10 years in the corporate world, I embarked on a new adventure and enrolled in the MAT program at Salem College.  I completed my Masters Degree in May, 2015.
This is my 8th year teaching 1st grade at the Arts Based School.  I am especially interested in building partnerships with the families I serve, and I am dedicated to fostering independence and confidence in the children I teach.  I strive to provide a calm, yet playful learning environment, where children socialize, collaborate, investigate, explore and discover as they learn about the world around them.  In my classroom, we honor diversity and celebrate the unique perspectives we each bring to this circle of friends.
Laleigh Allen
Era Booth
Jaywaun Boyd II
Bella-Mae Carlton
Ophelia Coe
Charlee Dalholt
Benson Davis
Althea Dickson
Beatrice Dickson
Cora Faulkner
John Gladman
Gianna Harding
Eloise Hardy
Wyatt Ketner
Morgan Lewis
Max O'Neill
Nasir Payne
Radford Webster
Reese Wickline
Sonny Willey
Ellis Williams
2 12-count boxes yellow standard (#2) pencils
  • 2 large pink erasers 
  • 10-count box of broad line Crayola markers:
  • Girls please purchase “classic colors”
  • Boys please purchase “bright colors”
  • 24-count box Crayola colored pencils 
  • 24-count box Crayola crayons 
  • 2 black EXPO “chisel tip” dry erase markers
  • 2 black EXPO “fine point” dry erase markers
  • 4 large Elmers glue sticks 
  • 2 plastic folders with pockets (solid color, no brads) 
  • 1 wide ruled composition notebook
  • 1 spiral bound multimedia sketch book (approximately letter size or larger)
  • 1 package 3X3 lined Post-it notes 
  • 1 1-inch, 3 ring white binder with clear pocket front
  • 1 set of headphones for computer lab
  • 1 oversized t-shirt for art class
  • 1 refillable water bottle (label with name)
  • 1 package 8X12 multi-color construction paper


paper towels


unscented baby wipes

colored cardstock paper

Papermate Flair felt-tip pens (all colors)