Scott Lowrey dedicated to public education
By Mark Newman, News Staff
Another school year has drawn to a close and Scott Lowrey has much to reflect on.
Wrapping up his third year as principal at BuchananPark elementary school, Lowery is now a member of the McMaster University Alumni gallery and a published author.
“It was very much an honour to be inducted there,” said Lowrey who joined the prestigious McMaster group during a ceremony at Convocation Hall on June 4.
Lowrey, who obtained Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography at Mac in the ‘80s before furthering his education at the University of Waterloo and Western, said his McMaster years gave him the desire to pursue a career in education.
“I learned what a good teacher is,” said Lowrey,” a Westmount graduate, who has been working at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School board as a teacher and principal for 27 years. “What I learned from the department of geography is know your students.”
A big believer in public education, life-long learning and that schools have a key role to play in their communities, Lowrey was named one of Canada’s top principals by 2005 by the Rotman School of Management in association with The Learning Partnership.
“You have an obligation, ethical and moral in my opinion, to help those in your classroom achieve,” he said. “We’re all in it to make differences in lives and communities and have students and people achieve greater than they expected.”
In January Lowrey’s book Canada’s Outstanding Principals: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Leadership Development, Principal Efficacy and Transformational Leadership was published and is available through Amazon.com.
Lowrey said the book is the result of five-and-a-half years of research he did to obtain a doctoral degree in education from the University of Toronto in June last year.
The 213 page book is an academic work aimed at principals, public education officials and policy makers and government.
Lowrey said he chatted by phone with 19 principals from across Canada who had been deemed to be successful and then reviewed the data for common themes.
“I interviewed people who had received recognition as one of Canada’s outstanding principals from the year 2005 to 2010,” Lowrey said.
He said he finds it rewarding his research might be shared with many people he may never meet.
“”It’s exciting to see that your ideas are perhaps influencing others,” Lowrey said.