Steve Bowlware Honored as Champion of Character for "Enthusiasm"

Pam Merrill nominated Steve Bowlware.

Longtime Edmond resident and popular Edmond School math teacher, Steve Bowlware, received the distinction of Champion of Character for Enthusiasm at the April Edmond City Council meeting.

"Steve Bowlware was not only the best math teacher I ever supervised as an administrator, he was the most enthusiastic,” said his principal, Dr. Brenda Lyons.

Successful teachers recognize that enthusiasm sparks interest in the classroom and Mr. Bowlware is no different. It was a character quality he saw modeled through his mother, Leaudra, whose classroom career spanned over 50 years with the Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Two of Mark Twain’s quotes inspire and best describe Mr. Bowlware’s philosophy, “Enthusiasm is caught, not taught,” and “The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.”

His hands-on teaching style incorporates humor, a positive attitude and songs to help create a fertile learning environment.

 “When a student asks for help, my favorite teaching strategy is to put my hand on their head and tell them that they are ‘mathematically healed,’” he said.  He also challenges his students by reminding them if their day isn’t going well, they have the power to change it.

One of his students from the eighties, Andrea Hauenstein said, “Mr. Bowlware made math fun and easy.” She still recalls a song that reminds her of the formula for finding the circumference of a circle, “Pi times diameter/Pi times diameter/Circumference of a circle.” She considers him one of her favorite teachers. She wasn’t surprised he was honored as Champion of Character for Enthusiasm.

Mr. Bowlware and his wife, Jerri received their teaching degrees at UCO and both have taught in the Edmond Public schools. They raised two children, Janeane and Benjamin in the Edmond community.

On behalf of the City of Edmond and the Character Council of Edmond, Steve Bowlware was honored before the City Council as a Champion of Character for exemplifying the character trait of enthusiasm, Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort.


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