Jim Howell started his education at the University of Arizona for three semesters but deciding to take a break. He went back to college at 24 years of age and moved to Flagstaff to attend NAU as a percussion performance music major. He switched degree paths early on and received a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Art History (Summa Cum Laude). Teaching has always interested him and he originally thought he would teach history or humanities, but two teaching experiences brought him to teaching music about 17 years ago. He can play an astounding eight instruments! He and his wife, Michelle, have two children and they attend St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Jim spends his down time reading mystery or crime novels and cooking which is one of his greatest passions. Princess Bride is his all time favorite movie and he loves vacationing in San Diego. He also rescues retired Greyhound racing dogs.