Golden Apple Award: Kiely Dowell, Red Bank Middle School
RED BANK, TN (WDEF) – Teachers need to be clear communicators and strong motivators. Kiely Dowell checks both those boxes and many more in her Red Bank Middle School Social Studies class. She’s also highly creative and a good listener. All that made her a great choice for this week’s Golden Apple Award.
Karla Ramirez is a 6th grader.
Karla says, “She makes like the learning better than others and just encourages me more than other teachers. She also like cooperates with how you feel, just how comfortable you are around certain people.
Dr. Ginger Frady is the principal at Red Bank Middle.
She explains, “So Mrs. Kiely Dowell teaches sixth grade social studies here at Red Bank Middle. She is positive, outgoing, she allows students to move around the room, ask hard questions; she encourages them to accept challenges and take risks in their learning, and we are very proud to have her on our team.”
Karla adds, “And she’s just a nice teacher in general.”
When asked to describe herself Mrs. Dowell says, “I am a fifth year teacher of social studies. I just actually moved here from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with my family. I’m a mother to a 19 month old named Nolan. and I’m married to a firefighter here, his name’s Carson. I actually always wanted to be a teacher even when I was little. When I was young, I wanted to be an art teacher, but I found as I got older that I really had a passion for social studies. So, I went to school for to be a social studies teacher in science, and this is actually my first year getting to teach social studies. So, I’m very excited about it. I taught science the last couple years.”
She concludes, “I think that what I teach is very exciting and very interesting, and I’ve noticed even my kids find it interesting. So, it’s really cool when I can tell them things that really pulls them in, and just get them engaged in the content. So, just getting them involved in their learning is my favorite part about teaching. I had an amazing teacher in my 11th grade year. She was a chemistry teacher. Like I said, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but she really inspired me. Miss Yonkers is her name, Virginia Yonkers, and she really like, I knew then, I’m gonna do this and I’m gonna love it!”