Dr. Michele (Shellie) Howard, PhD Educational Psychology


Dr. Howard is an Owensboro native. Her call to teaching individuals with learning challenges came when her oldest daughter began experiencing learning challenges. While studying psychology, she quickly turned her focus to the psychology of learning and the development of the brain. Her Masters degree is in Educational Psychology as well as her PhD from Capella University. Dr. Howard has taught at the college level. She has also taught at private schools in the area, focusing on the needs of struggling learners. Currently, Dr. Howard serves as a Title I teacher in the catholic school system.

Services Dr. Howard offers

Dr. Howard has in-depth experience with a variety of learners. Services are provided for:

  • Children with learning and behavioral challenges that impede learning in the traditional classroom
  • Students who struggle with reading
  • K-12 subject matter and some college core curriculum 
  • ACT and SAT test prep

Barton Reading and Spelling System

Dr. Howard is trained in and utilizes the Barton Reading and Spelling system. Barton has been used in schools and reading centers across the nation as a way to aid struggling readers to build phonics awareness and strengthen reading and spelling skills. 

One-on-one sessions

At B.E.S.T, it is important to provide the best environment and educational services to each student. Unlike other educational service providers or tutoring facilities, Dr. Howard works with students one-on-one in order to best meet the needs of the individual student. Parents and caregivers are welcome to stay and observe the educational gains made by their child.

Summer sessions available

During the summer months, students can experience the "summer slide", losing up to two months of grade level equivalency in reading and math. While Dr. Howard works throughout the school year to advance student knowledge, services are also provided during the summer months as a way to retain knowledge from the previous year and introduce new concepts students will encounter when entering school the next year. Call to inquire about the Summer Bridge program

For questions or to set up an initial appointment Call 270-903-9315 or email michele.a.howard@hotmail.com