The Fowler spouse and children is pictured on Lowell’s ‘dress-up day’ for the duration of the spring college shutdown (courtesy image)

Nate Fowler is the new interim superintendent for Lowell Spot Educational facilities, serving in this capacity for the 2020-2021 college calendar year. College News Community sat down with the lifelong educator to get to know him superior in this edition of Satisfy Your Directors. 

What is your education history? I went to Michigan Point out College and am accredited to train English and background. Then I have a master’s degree in educational management from Grand Valley Point out College, and I am currently a scholar in Grand Valley’s specialist system in academic management. But I did not sign up for fall lessons this 12 months – I’m having a pause!

This is my 24th yr in education and learning and my 23rd 12 months in Lowell. I taught English and social scientific studies at Lowell Higher Faculty for eight several years, wherever I also coached soccer and was the adviser for Product United Nations. I was the assistant principal at Lowell Middle College for 8 decades, the principal at Bushnell Elementary Faculty for two years, and then the district curriculum director for four a long time. 

Nate Fowler, the new interim superintendent for Lowell Region Faculties (courtesy image)

What employment have you held outside the house education and learning? I have a lot of practical experience in the hospitality field. I’m at first from northern Michigan, so I utilized to go to Mackinac Island 14 times a day when I was a deckhand on the ferry boats. I have also been a gardener on Mackinac Island, and labored in several dining establishments (commonly in the kitchen area) in the course of college. 

What drew you to performing in education? It is a spouse and children detail for both of those my wife and me. My father was my eighth-quality English instructor my mom was my preschool instructor. And her mother was a instructor. When I got to university I did not necessarily think that I needed to be a trainer, but when I acquired into my lessons and coursework, I felt that pull. I normally enjoyed doing the job with children it was enjoyment for me to babysit and to mentor youth sports activities when I was in superior college. The moment I received to faculty I knew that was where by I belonged. And my wife comes from a relatives of educators as perfectly. 

What would you like to share about your spouse and children? My wife, Kim, teaches kindergarten in Forest Hills – this is her 23rd calendar year in kindergarten. We have a daughter, Marlie, who is a sophomore elementary education major at Northern Michigan University. Our twin sons, Sawyer and Jackson, are juniors at Lowell Significant University and they both operate monitor and cross region. Jackson is taking all his classes at the high faculty whilst Sawyer is in the sustainable agriculture method at Kent Job Tech Center – he’s stated that he doesn’t want to work inside. And our son Paul is in eighth quality at Lowell Center College. 

How do your kids sense about you starting to be their superintendent? I presently warned them about snow day discussions – they want to know when we’re heading to connect with individuals previously. Joking aside, everyone’s been pretty supportive. It’s nice possessing older young ones who are in a position to travel. In the course of the spring shutdown my wife and I joked that it was excellent to have more mature kids simply because they enable get treatment of us, as well. In addition to accomplishing their faculty on line they would make evening meal for us, and so that assistance was terrific. 

The Fowler spouse and children is pictured hiking around Marquette in tumble 2019 (courtesy picture)

What are some of your hobbies or pursuits? My spouse and I are both from northern Michigan, so we enjoy to invest time up north. Our household likes to camp, likes to take a look at national parks — we just like to shell out time outdoors. I want to have a fantastic back garden someday. Appropriate now I have a back garden, but I’d like it to be a great yard. I like to operate and go on walks with my wife. We live in a terrific spot for recreation, so we just attempt to get outdoors as much as we can. 

What type of kid were being you in school? In elementary I feel I was incredibly studious. I beloved to examine books, I liked my teachers and required to try out to you should them. When I was in high university, I was really involved. I went to a tiny superior school — I graduated with 52 children — but I continue to had opportunities to be involved with sports, band, Quiz Bowl and even some theatrical productions. So I experienced a ton of distinct ordeals with distinctive teams of children in significant school and definitely appreciated the chances that involvement gave me. 

What is the biggest lesson you have discovered from learners? Learners help me to chuckle each day. No matter whether it is in the classroom or in the place of work, college students generally remind me to chortle. Also, obtaining been below prolonged more than enough, the other point I’ve learned is that individuals individual connections and interactions that you build with college students pay dividends down the highway. It is seriously been good to see students that I realized as little ones do excellent items and develop into local community leaders, turn out to be mothers and fathers, develop into enterprise owners, the two inside our neighborhood and in other places. It’s seriously rewarding to see that arrive entire circle. 

If you could go again in time, which quality would you pick to return to, and why? I would pick out my senior yr of substantial college because I have really fond memories of the past 3 months of that year when all of the cliques form of dissolved. When we saw that university was heading to be about shortly we all just type of loved each other’s business and appreciated hanging out a lot more. So I’d like to go back again to senior calendar year and commence these past three months faster, in conditions of just possessing pleasurable with all of my classmates and the individuals bordering me in school. 

What is the #1 probable good modify for educational institutions that you hope will come out of this pandemic? I imagine the disruption is getting us to understand and recognize the relevance of group. Owning that ripped absent from us in March (when universities were shut down) and seeking to retain community practically was a large problem, but it confirmed us how vital that is to studying. Young ones are likely to achieve their greatest possible when they come to feel like they’re a aspect of a little something. So I hope that we can go on to emphasize community in order to make young ones experience like they do belong to some thing that is exclusive and important here at Lowell Spot Schools. 

If you were staying released in front of an assembly, what would you decide on for your introduction music? I like “Dear Prudence” by The Beatles. I do not hear it normally, but when I do, it reminds me to take pleasure in the beauty in our environment and the persons who reside in it.  

A web page from the yearbook of Nate Fowler’s 1st yr teaching (courtesy picture)