It has been just three months since Principal Tracey Lowder assumed his new position as Pioneer High School’s principal. As he began working with his new faculty and student body, Lowder certainly had his work cut out for him after a couple of rocky years. He has, however, been “surprised by how welcoming everyone is.”
He has found the transition to be a very positive experience as “we have a lot of great teachers and administrators and people here,” said Lowder. He said as he adapted to Pioneer, “there have been people here who have helped to navigate the course.”
Since arriving, Principal Lowder has enjoyed his interactions with all the people in the building. “The faculty, the staff, the students, the parents, they have a different outlook on the importance of education…everyone understands that education is the road to a successful life,” said Lowder. This is “really refreshing” to the new principal as he explained that, “in other places that I’ve been, I’ve been able to have those conversations with people from a philosophical standpoint, but not with as many people [as Pioneer].”
Junior and Student Council member Fatima Saeed said she is impressed with Lowder’s efforts to “think outside of the box” in order to expand positive student and faculty interaction. “He definitely wants to improve the school and definitely sees big things,” said Saeed.
Principal Lowder has contributed significant efforts toward broadening communication between students, faculty and administrators. “If there are going to be changes in things that affect people day to day, then I want to be sure that they have a voice in how those decisions are made,” he said.
In order to ensure conversation between students and staff continues, Lowder has worked with Student Council to establish a Principal Advisory Board. “You could really feel that he wants us all to be active and proactive in what we’re doing,” said Rachel Wellings, a junior on the Principal Advisory Board.
In the near future, Lowder hopes to continue to uplift school spirit by adding more dances and activities for student participation. His goal is to “enhance who we are as a school and make us more of a learning community.” One of Lowder’s personal values is to create a family environment within the academic system and hopes to further this at Pioneer.
The number of students that are late to school every day is a significant concern for the new principal. “On a day to day basis, we’ll have 60 to 80 kids late to school. We need to make sure that students understand that they need to be at school on time and they need to be in their classes on time,” Lowder said.
Senior Brittany Thomas is hopeful about the future of Pioneer with the new principal. “He’s a really good leader and he really seems to know what he’s doing,” said Thomas, “I think he’s great for the school.”
Overall, Lowder remains optimistic about his coming months and years at Pioneer. “I’m learning as much as I think I am teaching,” he said. “I’m learning something every day from the people here.”