EASTCONN is pleased to announce that David C. Howes has been chosen to lead EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) as its interim principal. Howes assumes his new role immediately, following the departure of Mary Kay Tshonas earlier this summer.
“David joined EASTCONN last summer as principal of The LEAP School, an alternative high school in Willimantic,” said EASTCONN Leading & Learning Director Diane Dugas. “His work with our LEAP students and staff has been exemplary. And, because he has worked with staff from all of the EASTCONN schools, including QMC, David will be able to seamlessly transition from his exclusive role at LEAP, which he will continue to oversee, to his new role at QMC.”
Howes was previously principal and executive director at New London’s Interdistrict School of Arts and Communication (ISAAC), where he began teaching in 1998. He was an education consultant for Hartford and New Haven, and served as assistant principal in Hartford. He earned his B.A. and master’s from Connecticut College and a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership at UConn, where he also completed UConn’s Executive Leadership Program and holds both Superintendent (093) and School Administrator (092) certificates.
“I am excited and honored to join the talented and caring staff at Quinebaug Middle College at this unique and uncertain time. My goal is to lead by listening and being responsive to the needs and aspirations of the students, families, and staff as we plan together for going back to school at the end of August,” said Howes. “I believe in QMC and EASTCONN’s shared mission and tradition of innovating through personalized learning while also ensuring the safety and well-being of all students. I look forward to working with the entire QMC, QVCC, and EASTCONN communities to make this a fulfilling and successful school year.”
QMC is located in a state-of-the-art facility on the campus of QVCC in Danielson, offering northeastern Connecticut students small classes; one-on-one mentor and advisory support; a rigorous, Humanities-rich and STEM-integrated curriculum; an embedded focus on public service projects; and a Town Meeting governance model that gives all students a voice in how their school is run.
EASTCONN is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org.