Howsman is named after outstanding educator Shirley J. Howsman, the Executive Director of Elementary Administration for Northside ISD. During her 32 years as an educator, she was affiliated with six of Northside's elementary schools. She was among the first women to be named a school Principal in San Antonio. Her first assignment as Principal was at Shenandoah Elementary, where she remained for eight years. Following this position, she was Principal at Northwest Crossing Elementary and Locke Hill Elementary.