AASA Member Receives Congressional Recognition in Washington

April 23, 2015
Dr. Denver J. Fowler, a member of AASA and current assistant principal within Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools at Gahanna Middle School South, recently received Congressional Recognition in Washington, D.C. from the United States House of Representatives for being named the National Association of Secondary School Administrators (NASSP) and Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators 2015 State Assistant Principal of the Year in the State of Ohio and for his nomination as the NASSP 2015 National Assistant Principal of the Year in the United States.  Fowler was also personally recognized on two separate occasions by Senator Rob Portman and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty on Capitol Hill.   

Fowler said “It is such an honor.  Honestly, I credit all of the stakeholders that I have the opportunity to serve on a daily basis including students, staff, parents and community members.”      

In addition to receiving the Congressional Recognition during his visit to Washington, Fowler also spent two days speaking on Capitol Hill in order to advocate for education and school leadership.  He met with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Congressman Pat Tiberi, Senator Rob Portman, Senator Sherrod Brown, Congressman Gregg Harper, Senator Thad Cochran, Senator Roger Wicker, and several members of their Educational Policy Teams including Leah Hill, Elizabeth Gray Henry, Annie Leech, Abigail Finn, Kia Hamadanchy, Donnica Hawes-Saunders, Ashley-Dior Thomas, Megan Harrington, and Gideon Bragin. 

Fowler said “It was a great opportunity for me to tell our collective story as it relates to the many bills that I was advocating for (among them, Fowler said he was advocating for the Better Educator Support and Training Act, Enhancing Education Through Technology Act, and School Principal and Recruitment Act).  I strongly believe that as a practitioner, I can offer a detailed account of how these bills relate to and will help America’s schools and how they will better prepare our students to be college and career ready.”

Fowler has over a decade of successful full-time experience in the PreK-12 educational setting as a teacher, coach, technology coordinator, athletic director, and assistant principal, and over six years of successful part-time experience in the Higher Education setting as an adjunct professor.

Dr. Fowler will be moving into the Higher Education setting full-time starting this August as he recently accepted a professor position in educational leadership within the School of Education at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford, Mississippi.  In this role, he will be preparing future school leaders including principals, superintendents, and professors. 

Fowler said “I am extremely excited about this new chapter in our lives (speaking of his family).  We fell in love with Oxford during our campus visit and we knew right away it was where we wanted to raise our children.  Professionally, it has always been my long-term goal of mine to move into Higher Education.  I’ve never been one to conform…in Higher Education, I will be able to devote more time and energy to advocacy efforts in order to influence the many policies that help shape the PreK-12 educational landscape at both the state and national levels.  I will be able to focus on my teaching, outreach, scholarship, consulting, and service, all of which are things that I am both extremely passionate about and enjoy.  Likewise, I look forward to using my research and practitioner experience to help prepare future school leaders.”       

In addition to his duties as an assistant principal, Dr. Fowler currently teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Educational Technology as an adjunct professor and lecturer at The Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, and University of West Florida respectively.  He serves on several professional committees and currently volunteers his time coaching youth soccer to children ages 4-5.  Fowler holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University, Master’s Degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and Doctorate Degree from Ohio University.  He also completed a School Leadership Institute at Harvard University in 2012.  Additionally, he holds a superintendent license and principal license in the State of Ohio within grades PreK-12.  Fowler currently resides with his wife Anna and three children; Haley, Beckett, and Teagan in New Albany, Ohio.

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