Dr. Howard Carlson began his career in the state of Washington where he taught agriculture, science, and math courses at the middle school and high school levels. He earned his B.S. degree from Washington State University and his master’s degree from Heritage University. He completed his doctorate at Washington State University in 1997.
As an administrator, Dr. Carlson has served at the building and central office levels; first becoming a superintendent in 1997. He has served as an assistant superintendent and superintendent in the states of Washington, Minnesota, and Arizona. Dr. Carlson co-authored a book for new superintendents titled, “So Now You’re the Superintendent,” which was selected by the American Association of School Administrators to be jointly published with Corwin Press.
Dr. Carlson has been recognized as a state and national “Teacher of the Year,” “Administrator of the Year,” and was named Wickenburg's “Man of the Year" by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, he was recognized by the Arizona School Administrators Association as "Administrator of the Year" by the organizations' superintendent's division. In 2018 Dr Carlson received the prestigious "Arizona's Superintendent of the Year Award" by ASBA and ASA.
Dr. Carlson has four children, all of whom have attended Wickenburg schools. His wife is a certified teacher who currently teaches art at Wickenburg High School.
Dr. Carlson welcomes your comments and concerns.