Casie Bowman, fifth grade teacher at Altamont Grade School, has been named the National Bank of Altamont Teacher of the Year. The award was presented by branch manager Kayla Sain at the AGS 8th grade promotion ceremony on Thursday, May 18.
Eyes welling with tears, Bowman accepted the award before a gym full of students, parents, and fellow teachers. She was greeted by her husband, Derek, her two children, her parents, Jim and Jody Watts, her father- and mother-in-law, Mike and Nancy Bowman, and sister-in-law, Mackenzie Bowman, who were waiting in the hallway before the announcement.
Bowman, a 2001 graduate of Altamont Community High School, is in her second year of teaching in the district. She began her career in 2007 at Brownstown before moving to her hometown district in 2015.
Bowman’s roots in coaching extend further than her career as a teacher. She began coaching junior high volleyball at Cumberland while still in college. At Brownstown, she served as junior varsity girls basketball coach, junior high girls basketball and volleyball coach. She currently is the head coach of the Lady Wildcat basketball and track programs.
Passionate about teaching, Bowman said that, “I celebrate with students when things are going great and I cry with them when things are going wrong. Teaching to me is more than what is taught in the books, it is about teaching students life lessons that will carry them through their life.” Impacting students’ lives, whether in the classroom, on the court, or on the field is what she strives to do. Teaching the material children will need for later success is important, but she also wants her students to know she is in their corner when they need her.
Bowman was presented a plaque and $250 from National Bank.