SNU Alumnus Named Top 12 Finalist

Southern Nazarene University alumnus Jody Bowie was named Putnam City Teacher of the Year earlier this spring. He was also named the Oklahoma Technology Association's Teacher of the Year.

After receiving the Putnam City Teacher of the Year award, Bowie began the in-depth application process to become the Oklahoma Teacher of the year. From the hundreds of local district nominees, two teachers per region are selected. Last week, Bowie was named as one of 12 state finalists for this award.

In September, the award winner will be announced at the Oklahoma State Fair. Of the 12 finalists, Bowie has the fewest years teaching experience after teaching only four years compared to eight to 40 years of experience of the other finalists.

Bowie holds a bachelor’s degree in science education from SNU and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at SNU. He is a member of the National Association of Physics Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association and the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association, and is listed in the International Edubloggers Directory. He is married to Michelle Bowie, member of the SNU class of ’94 and current SNU Faculty member. They have 2 children, Jessica and JC. Jessica will attend SNU in the fall of 2011.

Bowie is pictured with wife, Michelle.

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