Co-Author of "Lead Like a P.I.R.A.T.E." and National Distinguished Principal
Beth Houf Bio
Beth is passionate about developing schools that encourage high levels of learning and empowerment for all--schools 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. Wearing costumes, singing karaoke, or breaking out some original dance moves as she enthusiastically greets students each morning, or providing innovative learning time and celebrations for her staff so they feel rejuvenated and excited about teaching is common practice for Beth.
Beth Houf is the proud principal of Fulton Middle School in central Missouri. She is the Co-Author of Lead Like a PIRATE: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff. Beth also serves as a facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 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, The National Principal Conference and many state and local educational venues. She is also active in her local, state and national elementary principal associations. Beth was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011 and the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016.
Beth and Shelley have started a new venture to support school leaders in the Lead Like a PIRATE Guides. These guides offer topics relevant to educational leaders written by expert practitioners from the field. The first of these guides, Lead with Culture by Jay Billy was released in May of 2018. The second guide, Lead with Literacy by Mandy Ellis was released in June of 2018. Beth and Shelley look forward to continuing their passion of supporting leaders to help make all schools amazing!