Mrs. Tyra Howard began serving on the Valdosta Board of Education in January 2018. She is a graduate of Lowndes High School and Valdosta Technical College (now Wiregrass Georgia Technical College). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Valdosta State University and a Master of Business Administration from Walden University. She serves as an adjunct instructor at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.
In her spare time, she serves on the Hahira-Lowndes Community Board and the Cotillion Committee. Mrs. Howard is married to Eric Howard and the mother of Natrice, a graduate of Valdosta State University, Erin & Phillip Howard, who are both students in Valdosta City Schools. They are members of the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Center Church.