Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Crystal Howard

Welcome to Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School!  Here at CEEM, we are a family.  We love our students, their families, and the partnership we have with our community, including the Jacksonville Performing Arts and Riverwalk Youth Ballet. We focus on global learning and performing arts. We have a diverse staff who bring experience to our students from many countries, including Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Jamaica.  

We partner with the YMCA to deliver an Afterschool Arts Academy. Students have an opportunity to learn to play instruments such as the snare drum, drum set, and piano.  They also take dance/ballet, ceramics, and art.  Tutoring, learning extensions, and homework support is provided during the program, as well.   We believe this gives our students the foundation they need to be well-rounded, in the classroom and in their community. 

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from East Carolina University in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Elementary Education and School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a Doctor of Educational Leadership from UNCW.  

My professional experiences in Onslow County include my service as the principal of Silverdale Elementary from 2017-2020, assistant principal at Swansboro Middle School from 2013-2017, teacher and reading specialist at Queens Creek Elementary from 2003-2013.  I also taught in Carteret County for two years before moving to Onslow County.  I currently teach a graduate course in the education department of UNCW as well.

My husband and I have two daughters.  They're both nurses at CarolinaEast in New Bern.  I grew up in the small town of Stacy (Down East) and love eastern North Carolina.  I've lived in Stella for the past 19 years and am looking forward to working with you this year.


Leading joyfully,

Crystal Howard