Teacher in Focus: Kimberly Lowery
by Celia Shortt
Kimberly Lowery teaches economics and psychology at Northgate High School.
Why did you become a teacher?
My mother was a teacher and I helped her teach numerous children’s groups at church growing up so teaching came naturally. When I was in college, I thought I would work in the corporate world for a while and then eventually teach at the college level. I just sort of accidentally ended up teaching high school, but I really enjoy it and find there are lots of opportunities to bring the business experience I have into my economics lessons. I was actually in grad school doing a certification program to teach economics at the same time that I was doing a long term sub position. When my youngest son went to first grade, I went back to school and started substitute teaching when it was not tax season.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
Getting to watch a child “get it,” seeing the “light bulb” come on. With economics, it is seeing students see something global and how it relates to them here in Newnan, Ga, and how it affects them getting a job, going to school, and whether or not they can afford to buy the things they want to buy in the future or even tomorrow.
When you are not teaching, what do you enjoy doing? In the summer, my family and I enjoy scuba diving, wakeboarding, and deep sea fishing. My younger son plays Lacrosse, so one of my hobbies is watching him play.
Favorite movie? Good Will Hunting
How big is your family? I’m married and have two boys. One is in his second year at Auburn University, and the other is a junior here at Northgate High School.