A math and science teacher at Central High has been hired as the Billings Catholic School System’s first education director, board member Mary Bolender said Tuesday.
Bolender, who also chairs the board’s education committee, told the Billings Catholic Schools Board at its regular meeting that Tim Lowe, who started teaching physics and math at Central in 2010, will begin acting as the system’s education director this summer.
“He had done curriculum development in his former position,” she said. “We were just impressed that he had really thought about our situation.”
Lowe’s duties will include analyzing the system’s K-12 curriculum “to make sure that we are not missing anything as (students) pass through the years,” Bolender said.
He will also evaluate standardized test results systemwide to see where more focus is needed, help integrate technology into classrooms — such as 17 Promethean interactive whiteboards — and work on professional development with the teaching staff, BCS President Harold Olson said.
Lowe taught science at Bishop Blanchette, a private Catholic high school in Seattle, prior to coming to Billings.
He is a former U.S. Army counterintelligence officer and holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of Washington.
Bolender and Olson said Lowe was hired over five other applicants because of his work in Seattle with curriculum development, his familiarity with technology and rapport with staff.
“I really was looking at someone that could develop a good rapport with K-12 staff,” Olson said. “That’s probably one of his skills that stood out. He’s verbal, he’s outgoing. I think people could develop some rapport with him.”