Nancy Bowman gets a kick out of today’s teenagers.
“They don’t have the same hesitation to take risks the way we used to,” said Mrs. Bowman after her hiring as principal of Pine-Richland High School at the April 21 school board meeting. “This is an exciting time for them.”
Since 2011, Mrs. Bowman, 47, of Center, has been director of curriculum of the Blackhawk School District in Beaver County. Previously, she was principal for 10 years at the district's Highland Middle School.
Her Pine-Richland contract begins July 1 at an annual salary of $117,500.
The anticipation of working with staff and students at the high school level is what drove Mrs. Bowman to seek an “approachable position,” she said, noting that her past few years spent working out of Blackhawk's central office made her realize that connecting with people is one of her greatest strengths.
“I want that day-to-day interaction with students and teachers,” she said, adding that her curriculum experience has brought her career full-circle. “I’m now able to look at K-12 curriculum in a big-picture way, and I know how a school district operates.”
Pine-Richland superintendent Brian Miller said the position of high school principal is significant for the leadership and operation of a school district, and the process of hiring Mrs. Bowman was comprehensive.
“We look forward to the role Mrs. Bowman will play in pursuing the district vision,” he said. "She is a proven performer focused on enhancing a positive culture for students, staff and the community. At the same time, she has high expectations for student learning.”
A certified biology teacher, Mrs. Bowman began her career as a parochial school science teacher and later a gifted support teacher in the Seneca Valley School District.
“I’m excited to start looking for high school connections and opportunities in [science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics] initiatives,” she said, adding that she plans to bring in companies and speakers to share with students the high school pathways that could lead them to careers.
“Students need to know what those career opportunities are, and it all goes back to STEM and STEAM programming,” she said.
Mrs. Bowman is the mother of a teen.
“As educators, I believe our goal begins with putting students’ needs first. I look forward to working with teachers, parents and the entire Pine-Richland community in supporting all students and enabling each young adult to realize individual strengths and dreams to reach their fullest potential.”
Jill Cueni-Cohen, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.