Boise State University College of Education ’91, ’99 alumnus and adjunct faculty member Tim Lowe, current principal at Taft Elementary in Boise, received the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) 2019 Idaho Distinguished Principal Award. Lowe traveled to Washington D.C. in October to accept the award at a ceremony, which recognized principals from every state in the country.
In his time at Taft, Lowe has focused on parent involvement and has implemented positive learning and discipline strategies to help transform the school environment for Taft’s diverse student population. Lowe’s philosophy as principal emphasizes shared leadership with Taft staff and faculty, who he is working with closely to to implement early literacy instructional strategies and to create thinking maps with the students this year.
Taft Elementary is a Title I school that serves a 98% low income student population, and where around 30% of students are English language learners. Many of Taft’s students are refugees from 19 different countries, who speak 21 different languages.
by Carrie Quinney