Beth Houf is a middle school principal in central Missouri who is passionate about developing schools that encourage high levels of learning and empowerment. She envisions a school where students and staff are running to get in, not out!
To do so, Beth seeks out fun and meaningful ways to interact with students and teachers so they are excited about coming to school. It’s typical to see Beth wearing costumes, singing karaoke, or breaking out some original dance moves as she enthusiastically greets students each morning. She also prioritizes providing innovative learning time and celebrations for her staff so they feel rejuvenated and excited about teaching.
Beth also serves as a facilitator for the DESE Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders. She has spoken at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, the Association for Middle Level Education National Conference and many state and local educational venues. She is also active in her local, state and national elementary principal associations. Beth has been a guest lecturer at William Woods University, Westminster University and the University of Missouri, and was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011along with winning the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016.
Most recently, Beth partnered with Dave Burgess, Inc. to co-write the book Lead Like a PIRATE with Shelley Burgess. Together, Beth and Shelley have established an international community of leaders. Using professional development sessions, social media and the hashtag #LeadLAP, Beth and Shelley provided leadership support that reinforces key principles and reflective practices. We are thrilled to have her at NEFTC this fall.