JCJC English Instructor named Humanities Teacher of the Year

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-10-22 16:37:07

ELLISVILLE - Jones County Junior College English instructor, Dr. David Lowery has been named the 2012 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year. The Heidelberg native and Laurel resident was selected by the Mississippi Humanities Council based on the accomplishments and contributions of the recommended faculty member. 
“Because David Lowery is a veritable wealth of information and is a consummate scholar, it is only fitting that he should be named Jones County Junior College's Humanities Teacher of the Year,” said Cheryl Windham, JCJC Humanities Division Chair. “He holds himself to high academic standards in his classroom instruction as well as in his published works, and equally important is the fact that he holds his students to the same standards, ensuring they are ready for academic success when they graduate from Jones and move on to the university level. I am proud of him for receiving this esteemed, much-deserved honor.”
In recognition of this honor, Lowery’s presentation, “The Enduring Legacy of a ‘Dusty, Old Icon’” will focus on one of his favorite English authors, Shakespeare. The public is invited to this free event on Thursday, November 8, at 10:15 a.m. in the JCJC Fine Arts Auditorium. 
“Shakespeare is important for the simple reason that he connects to everyone. It doesn’t matter what your background is; there is something in the writings of Shakespeare that you can connect to personally,” said Lowery. “Since literature is a reflection of life, and one reason that we teach literature is to help students understand their lives and the world around them, Shakespeare is a natural choice to study. We have a universal connectedness that can be amplified by studying the works of William Shakespeare.”
His presentation will focus on how the 16th century English poet and playwright, who was born in 1564, is still relevant in today’s technologically, fast-paced world and why his works withstand the test of time.
“This generation has so much more available to them in regards to studying and understanding Shakespeare than any generation before. Besides being able to watch his plays on YouTube or DVD, students also have dozens of Internet options from virtual tours of Shakespeare’s hometown to information regarding Elizabethan England. I personally received a link on Facebook that allowed me to use Shakespearean terminology to develop my own Shakespearean insults,” he said.
The 1989 Quitman High School and 1991 JCJC graduate began teaching English at JCJC in 2001, after earning his Master of Education and Educational Specialist degrees from USM and MSU respectively. He received his Doctor of Education degree from Mississippi State in 2010. In addition to teaching at JCJC, Lowery has also been an adjunct instructor at MSU, and is currently teaching in that role at William Carey University. He started his career teaching at Heidelberg High School and then moved to Northeast Jones High School. Some of the classes he has taught include the following graduate courses: Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, Curriculum Planning, Secondary Language Arts Education, and Methods of Teaching Language Arts.  At Jones, Lowery teaches Honors Composition I and II, Honors World Literature, British Literature, and English Composition I and II.
Some of his honors and awards include being on the Biltmore Who’s Who Among American Professionals in 2011 and 2012, and receiving America Reads-AmeriCorps Volunteer Award in 2011. Lowery’s honors as a high school instructor include being named STAR teacher in 2001 and in 1996, and being named to Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers during his High School teaching career.
Lowery maintains memberships in the International Reading Association, Professors of Reading Teacher Educators, Two-Year College English Association of Mississippi, Mississippi Professional Educators and the Jones County Junior College Faculty Association. He has three publications in three different professional journals, The Reading Professor, Journal of Case Studies in Education andthe Mississippi Professional Educators Journal. 
This year’s honoree is married to Jennifer Hancock Lowery and they have two sons, Noah and Owen. He is the son of Ford and Frances Lowery of Heidelberg.


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