The Edmond Sun


May 17, 2013

41-year administrator retiring but has no plans to quit educating

EDMOND — As Lynne Rowley, executive director of elementary education, reminisced over the past 41 years she has worked in education, she shared what it was like when she first started teaching in the Edmond School District, how things have changed and her plans for retirement.

Rowley will be leaving the district at the end of this school year, after serving the district in the classroom, as an assistant principal and then principal and later as a district administrator.

As a preacher’s kid, Rowley said the strong influence of her parents naturally led to her teaching and working with Bible classes, and she decided then to try teaching as a career.

“When I was growing up you had four career paths from which to choose,” Rowley said. “You could be a secretary, a nurse, a teacher or a wife. I chose teaching. My plan was to teach five years and pay back my government loan. Then I got hooked.”

Rowley said she was fortunate to work in an area where she felt she was making a difference in the world.

“John F. Kennedy emphasized in his Inaugural speech in the 1960s that being of service was important,” she said.

Superintendent David Goin praised Rowley for her work with the district.

“It  has been a privilege to work with Lynne Rowley over the last 19 years,” said Edmond Superintendent of Schools David Goin. “She is a quality individual and caring professional who has devoted her entire career to the young children of our community. I consider her both a colleague and friend.  

“As a teacher, principal and district-level administrator, Lynne has served as a mentor for numerous teachers and principals during her more than four decades as one of Edmond’s most distinguished educators. She has been a tireless advocate for the development of effective early childhood and elementary education programs.

“As Mrs. Rowley draws to a close this phase of her career, I hope she is taking great satisfaction in having been a key leader most recently, in successfully implementing high quality full-day kindergarten classes for all of Edmond’s public elementary schools.”

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