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Emmy Lowe


1st Grade Teacher

At McGillis from 2006 - 2009 and since 2019


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B.S., Human Development & Family Studies (emphasis in Early Childhood Education PreK - 3rd), University of Utah


My name is Emmy Lowe and I am so excited to back at the McGillis school teaching again. I taught 3rd grade at the McGillis school about 10 years ago. I taught for 3 years before I started my own family and took a break from teaching in the classroom to raise my 2 children. I have a 10-year-old son Donnie who loves to play basketball and swim and a 6-year-old daughter Ruth who loves her fairy garden and gymnastics. When I am not teaching, I love to be outside hiking with my husband Dave or skiing on the water or the snow. I love learning new things and spending time with my family.

I am currently reading:
Becoming by Michelle Obama


Favorite McGillis moment:
The feeling of community that is in the building the second you walk through the front door is a favorite of mine. The knowledge that McGillis is a place for life long learners that encourages us to reach above and beyond our own expectations.


The defining moment that led to your career in education:

Since I was very little I always loved playing school and pretending to teach my siblings. Every time I see the light turn on in the eyes of my students, I am reminded why I love to teach.


What is a powerful moment you experienced at school?
When I was in 7th grade I was placed in the highest math class by accident. After I sat through a confusing and stressful first day of class, I walked up to my math teacher, tears burning my eyes, to let her know there was a catastrophic mistake and I had come from the lowest math class in 6th grade. She encouraged me to stick it out for one term, come in after school twice a week and get extra help, and then make a decision. It was one of the first times I was encouraged to exceed the educational label that was placed on me. It was a lot of hard work, but I was so proud of what I accomplished and that was the most rewarding A I received that year. It launched me into advanced math, which I kept up, and I was able to pass the AP calculus test at the end of my high school education. I often reflect on Ms. Thompson's reaction to my scared plea, and the extra time and effort she spent on helping me to grasp the concepts and language of math. She built the foundation of confidence in my abilities. Having someone believe in you can open the first door to learning.