Congratulations and best wishes to Ian Lowe, who has announced he will be retiring at the end of this school year.
Ian is finishing his career as a principal in a context where his strengths as a leader has had resounding impact on the lives of students. He is passionate about student well-being and supporting students in a manner that allows them to flourish.
Patient, steadfast and committed, Lowe goes above and beyond for both students and staff. A reflective educator and leader, his thoughtful approach to change and improvement is grounded in strong moral commitment.
Lowe is highly respected among educators across the District and as a member of the District leadership team. A true listener, he is exceptionally skilled at bringing together various perspectives and building a strong team.
Lowe is a true professional who possesses a tremendous amount of respect for the diverse roles of teachers at all levels, the challenges they face and the professionalism in which they approach their work with students.
He has been with Lethbridge School District for 32-and-a-half years, and appreciates the opportunity provided for growth and change. He was a classroom teacher at elementary, junior high and high school before moving into a teacher counsellor role.
Lowe views his early years at Nicholas Sheran Community School as having a major influence in being student focused. He spent 25 years at LCI as a counsellor and administrator. These years allowed him to build a skill set he was able to transfer to Lethbridge Alternative Schools and Programs, with a focus on creating positive learning opportunities, change and hope for the diverse population of students within these programs.
His strong commitment to students is reflected in the incredible amount of time he spent outside the classroom running intramurals, student council, travel clubs and coaching. He was part of five provincial football championships while at LCI, along with numerous league and southern Alberta championships with the LCI Rams and Gilbert Paterson Eskimos.
“I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work with all of the Lethbridge Alternative School Program staff, and hold these incredible and talented people in the highest regard for what they do for kids on a daily basis,” said Lowe. “Thanks to you all! I am thankful that I was able to work with dynamic, energetic and positive staffs and administrative teams throughout my entire career. The biggest highlight for me would be that I had the opportunity over the last 30 years to work with amazing students at all levels and in multiple ways. I enjoyed being a part of their journey through school and being a part of their transition to the next level whatever that might have been. For that I am thankful.”