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Emmy Lowe

 

1st Grade Teacher

At McGillis from 2006 - 2009 and since 2019

 

Contact Emmy Lowe: elowe@mcgillisschool.org 

 

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

 

Bio:

Emmy has been in teaching for 16 years.  This is her 6th year at the Mcgillis school.  Emmy taught 3rd grade from 2006-2009 and then took a ten year break to raise her children, coming back to the Mcgillis School in 2019 to teach 1st grade.  During the 10 years she wasn’t in the classroom,she was tutoring 15- 20 students a year, ranging from kindergarten to high school in reading, math, study skills and writing. Emmy has two children, a son that is in 7th grade and a daughter in 3rd grade. She has been married to her husband for 16 years. She loves everything outdoors- camping, running, hiking, swimming, water and snow skiing, and gardening are at the top of the list.    

 

I am currently reading:

The House on Tradd Street and The Power of One

 

I am learning to:

Play the Guitar.

 

Favorite McGillis Lunch:

Vegetable Curry

 

Favorite McGillis Tradition:

The Ethics and Culture Program.

 

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 lifelong 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.