Our Lee County teacher in the spotlight this week is Darlene McDowell from Bragg Street Academy. Ms. McDowell teaches math for 6th, 7th and 8th graders, and also serves as a middle school adviser, literacy leader and the Site Coordinator for the school’s AVID program. AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) helps students learn about college and career opportunities, with the help of guest speakers, college visits and online research.
Ms. McDowell’s goal as a teacher is to replace some of the doubts that her students have in their ability, by helping them develop a positive outlook on learning and education. She strives to build relationships with all of her students. Her classes are challenging, colorful, full of conversation and fun. Ms. McDowell enjoys introducing new concepts to her students. She loves teaching and is always looking for ways to improve her skills.
Ms. McDowell has been teaching at Bragg Street Academy for 4 years and was recognized as the school’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. She is entering her 17th year of teaching. Ms. McDowell has a Masters from NC State in Agriculture Education, and is in the process of earning another degree. When she isn’t teaching, mentoring, learning or studying, Ms. McDowell enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, travelling and DIY projects.