• Meet the Leaders of Our RamFam!

  • Assistant Principal, 8th Grade


    Geralyn Harper comes to Howard Middle School with a background in leadership and counseling. Prior to joining the Eagle and now Ram family, Dr. Harper worked as an assistant principal for the past five years in Atlanta Public Schools. Before serving as assistant principal, she was a counselor for 14 years, served as counseling department chair with Fulton County Schools for 10 of those years and has experience teaching private school. She has been committed to education for more than 19 years.

    Dr. Harper grew up in Atlanta and is a product of Atlanta Public Schools. She received a bachelor’s degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, earned a master’s degree from Georgia Southern University, a specialist degree from University of West Georgia and a doctorate from Walden University.

    An avid learner herself, Dr. Harper believes in preparing students for the demands of the 21st century by focusing on the whole child while promoting the long-term development and success of all children.

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  • Assistant Principal, 7th Grade

    Tenechia Owens comes to Howard Middle School with a background in Mathematics, Reading, and Talented & Gifted Development of students. Prior to joining the Ram family, Dr. Owens worked as a teacher for the past seventeen years in Atlanta Public Schools. During her experience as a teacher, she led various school-wide initiative programs that targeted subgroups. Additionally, she has led professional developments and served as the mathematics department chair, model teacher leader, new teacher mentor, teacher of the year, and Teach for America mentor. 

    Dr. Owens is a product of Clayton County Public Schools. She received a bachelor’s degree from Albany State University, earned a master’s degree from Mercer University, a specialist degree from Nova Southeastern University, and a doctorate from Walden University.

    As an ongoing learner herself, Dr. Owens believes that all students can learn. She is committed to the education of students as we prepare them for success and to be life-long learners.


  • Assistant Principal, 6th Grade

    Nicole Willingham proudly joins the D.T. Howard team with 23 years of Middle School experience. Her vast background in education includes serving as a Reading, Language Arts, and Gifted Language Arts teacher for 14 years in Fulton County Schools, while also serving in various teacher leader capacities such as ELA Department Chair, Grade Level Chair, and Gifted Coordinator. After leaving the classroom, Ms. Willingham transitioned to APS where she has had the opportunity to serve as an ELA Instructional Coach and district curriculum writer for 6 years, and as an Assistant Principal for 3 years. Having experience at the classroom level, coaching level, and administrative level has provided her a unique and well-rounded experience as an educator, which she leverages as a leader. With a bachelor’s degree in English Education, and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Ms. Willingham is passionate about teaching and learning, particularly as it pertains to literacy and fostering a love of reading.

    Ms. Willingham is originally from Cincinnati Ohio, but has called Atlanta, Georgia home for quite some time now. She is the proud parent of two college aged young adults, and loves being a mom. As a lifelong learner she believes in staying up to date with current educational trends, technology, best practices, and innovative teaching strategies. As an instructional leader and teacher, she takes pride in her ability to build lasting positive relationships with both students and staff, while also implementing clear structures and procedures, driving student achievement, and celebrating learning.

  • Interim Program Administrator

    Jennifer Cappelli comes to Howard Middle School with a background in secondary science and Educational Leadership. Prior to joining the Rams family, Mrs. Cappelli worked as an Assistant Principal for 7 years in Atlanta Public Schools. Before serving as an Assistant Principal, she was an Instructional Coach and High School Science teacher all within Atlanta Public Schools. Mrs. Cappelli started her career as a Teach for America Corps Member and has been committed to serving students in the Atlanta community for 13 years. 

    Mrs. Cappelli grew up in Rhode Island before attending Wagner College in New York City. It was here that she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry. She went on to receive her teacher certification at Georgia State University before completing her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College. 

    Mrs. Cappelli has a passion for developing a lifelong love of learning among the students that she serves. She believes students need a balanced educational experience that includes academic skills as well as social and emotional learning. 


Last Modified on December 2, 2022