Data expert Tim Howard received not just one, or even two, but three nominations for the Leader in Excellence award.

Tim’s deep knowledge of Skyward and aptitude for numbers have helped Calhoun ISD make data-driven decisions and stay on top of state reporting. Each month, he hosts a Skyward meeting for the county’s lead users to discuss changes and learn new tips and best practices. A SkyBuild master, Tim uses this tool to expedite the district’s data imports and exports. To help Calhoun ISD prepare for Michigan’s Pupil Accounting Collections, he created numerous data mining reports, then used SkyCoder to customize each database to decrease the potential for data entry errors. Tim’s coworkers are grateful for his guidance and confident he will always have an answer or find a solution. According to his peers, Tim fully exemplifies “grace under fire.”

Tim is the vice president of the Michigan Skyward user group. He has presented at the conference seven years, led sessions at iCon four years, and was also a guest speaker at the Wisconsin user group. He is on the Michigan Data Hub leadership team and has provided training and documentation for districts across the state who are setting up their Skyward data hub.

Tim worked with the staff at Skyward to help develop integration points between Skyward, Illuminate Special Ed, and Illuminate DNA. Tim is so familiar with data migration and SkyCoder that even the staff at Skyward call on him as a resource and sounding board from time to time.


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