Plans include educating public, lawmakers
Rowley said leaving the classroom does not mean leaving education. For her it is taking the challenges facing educators to a new level and becoming more actively involved in the education process on a different field.
She said her plans include writing letters to the editor and actively engaging lawmakers in discussions and decisions concerning education.
“I am concerned the people who are driving the decision-making in education are not educators,” Rowley said.
She added she anticipates finding ways she can help make changes in education as it goes to the next level. Many times she said that means becoming more active in dialoguing.
“It is an unprecedented time for reform,” Rowley said. “Reforms we are going through are positive, but I believe there needs to be more concern for the pace of reform. We need consideration for what makes effective reform and the funds to make it happen.”
Rowley said throughout her years in education she has always put herself in parents’ shoes.
“They only want what is best for their child, which is what we want,” Rowley said. “We can work together to make that happen.”
Rowley said while watching a motivational film, Coach Lou Holtz said something that has stayed with her. “He said, ‘Everything in life falls under three things: Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.’
“I wish I had known this when I was making my Classroom Rules with my students,” Rowley said laughing. “The Classroom Rules sheet would have been much shorter.”