Edmond school officials' character recognized
EDMOND — Central Middle School Principal Laura McGee recently was honored by the city of Edmond and the Character Council of Edmond as a Champion of Character for exemplifying the character trait of truthfulness, earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts.
Edmond math teacher Steve Bowlware received the distinction of Champion of Character for enthusiasm.
McGee said her parents and her faith in Jesus helped form her character. Jesus' words, “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free,” influenced her understanding of honesty, she said.
“I remember a defining time in my early 20s when I realized that no matter how painful the truth may be, it is essential that I recognize, honor, and respect the truth,” she said.
Central Middle School underwent a lot of changes in the past year. Change often requires honesty and a little flexibility, she said.
Two weeks before the school year began, McGee became principal.
Rebecca Coleman, instrumental music teacher, described how McGee brought a fresh vision to the middle school. Her candor and trustworthiness rallied the school at a crucial time, she said.
“We were all going to be fiercely dedicated to one another as Central Tigers,” Coleman said.
McGee, her husband, Ron, and their children, Grant, Caralea and Blake moved to Edmond eight years ago. She received a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Oklahoma in 2010.
Successful teachers recognize that enthusiasm sparks interest in the classroom, and Steve Bowlware, an Edmond Public Schools math teacher, is no different, according to the Character Council.
It was a character quality he saw modeled by his mother, Leaudra, whose classroom career spanned more than 50 years with Oklahoma City Public Schools.
Two of Mark Twain's quotes inspire and best describe Bowlware's philosophy, he said: “Enthusiasm is caught, not taught,” and “The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.”
His hands-on teaching style incorporates humor, a positive attitude and songs to help create a fertile learning environment.
Bowlware and his wife, Jerri, received their teaching degrees at the University of Central Oklahoma. She also teaches in the Edmond district. They raised two children, Janeane and Benjamin, in Edmond.