Bowman, Mike - Science
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Michael J Bowman
North Buncombe High School

Welcome Parents, Students, and Interested Parties!

As indicated above, my name is Mike Bowman. I have been a teacher for something in the neighborhood of 17 years. Prior to that I was a physicist in the oil industry, and it is that experience that shaped much of the “how’s and why’s” of my teaching methods. I believe strongly that students must be given the opportunity to think-think-think while engaged in the processes of doing science. I believe that lab activities are an essential component of science education, but those experiences can not be ‘canned’ labs wherein students simply follow directions … instead the activity must require students to interject their own skills and intellect into the process. In short, students must be allowed to discover and experience science.


  • Augustana College (Illinois); B.A. Geology/Physics
  • Purdue University (Indiana); M.S. Geophysics
  • University of Houston (Texas); M.Ed. Science Instruction
  • Western Carolina University (NC); Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Proudest Accomplishments;

  • Meeting the President of the United States – Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (2007).
  • Achieving National Board Certification (and subsequent renewal).
  • Publishing my dissertation.
  • Convincing my wife of 32 years to marry me.
  • Raising two fine young men (my/our sons).


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