Amy Dowdle, principal of Glenwood Elementary, has been selected by her fellow principals as the 2016-2017 Principal of the Year for McDowell County Schools. Dowdle was elated at the news: “I am overwhelmed and honored that my colleagues have elected me to represent them as the Principal of the Year. I deeply respect each of them and feel honored beyond words.”
Dowdle began her teaching career in January of 2001 at Glenwood as the teacher of a 3rd Grade – 4th Grade combination class. She moved to 3rd Grade later that year and taught in that role until June 2007. During this time Dowdle also coached cheerleading at McDowell High from 2002 until 2005. She was reassigned as the AIG (academically and intellectually gifted) teacher and Testing Coordinator for Glenwood in 2007. She also served as the Parent and Community Involvement Coordinator. In December 2010 she was elevated to the district staff as Interim Director of Testing and Accountability. The Board of Education approved Dowdle as the principal of Glenwood in March 2011. She shared that she is “blessed on a daily basis to work with the students, staff, and families of Glenwood Elementary.”
A 1997 graduate of McDowell High, Dowdle attended Appalachian State University for undergraduate studies and earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in December 2000. She did her graduate work at Appalachian State and received her Master of School Administration in 2005. She also earned her AIG certification in 2005.
Superintendent Mark Garrett had strong words of praise for Dowdle, stating “Amy has served the students of McDowell County for 15 years as a teacher, coach, district staff member, and principal. Her passion for her students and staff is obvious to all, and is clearly evident in the consistently outstanding results at Glenwood Elementary. We are very proud of her as our representative in the Principal of the Year process.”
Dowdle will compete against 20 other principals in Region 7 for a chance to be the Regional Principal of the Year in December. The eight regional principals of the year will then be considered for the honor of State Principal of the Year later in the spring.