Sharon Howell writes and talks

Sharon Howell is interested in what it means to become and to be an educated person. She thinks about what value independent school education, and particularly private boarding school education, might have in the world—since by nature it is accessible only to a few.   

Sharon has served as Head of School at Indian Springs School, a Dewey-founded boarding school outside Birmingham, AL; and as Associate Head of School at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, MA. Before that, Sharon was a House Dean at Adams House in Harvard College; taught in Harvard's History and Literature concentration; worked in development for Lisa New's innovative online poetry course at HarvardX (now a PBS television series called Poetry in America); and was an elected member of Harvard's Faculty Council. She worked with thousands of Harvard students over twelve years. With her husband, Tom, she started a nonprofit that used proceeds from the sale of repurposed goods left behind by the Harvard community to fund projects in aid of primary schools in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Namibia.  She produced a poetry podcast called ramblebarrow for two years, and published a book of poems called Girl in Everytime (Pressed Wafer Press, 2011).  

Sharon has a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, an M.A. in English from Villanova University, and a B.A. in English and Poetry from Connecticut College.