Today marks a new beginning for Worthington Schools. It is the first day on the job for our new superintendent, Dr. Trent Bowers. The transition will be seamless. Trent was appointed to this position by the Worthington School Board in October after Dr. Tucker’s announcement that he was taking a position with Princeton Schools. Since then, Trent has been working with the school board, administration, staff, students, families, and community to determine priorities and set the course for the future of Worthington Schools.
I’ve known Trent for a long time… since he was an adolescent hanging out in youth group with my brother-in-law. I didn’t know him well then, or even when he was coaching my oldest in football at McCord, but I have come to know him well as our paths crossed once again when he returned to Worthington as an administrator. Trent has been amazingly supportive of me on my own journey into administration and continues to provide me with a great “sounding board” when needed.
Worthington Schools enters a new era today that may one day be referred to as “The Bowers Years.” I have no doubt that these years will be remembered as really great years for our district. Here’s why… Trent has deep roots in Worthington. He attended Worthington Hills, Perry Middle School, and is a graduate of Worthington High School. Trent, his wife, and three daughters live in the heart of Worthington and are deeply invested (personally) in the quality of our schools. He has a clear passion for academic excellence and experiences that will help all children grow into well-rounded adults. Trent models lifelong learning for the Worthington staff. He understands and values relationships as the foundation of all that we do for kids. He knows it is important that school is fun… #ForWorthington.
If you haven’t already met Trent, you won’t have to look far for an opportunity to meet him. He’s everywhere! And here’s the best part… You are equally likely to meet him wearing a suit and tie at the WEC or a community meeting as you are covered in mud at the Warrior Run (even in 43 degree weather), flipping pancakes at Pancake Day, or riding a bike through the Gators Bike Park. This Saturday, you’ll be able to catch him in the Worthington Hills 4th of July parade. Invested… committed… passionate.
School superintendent… Worthington Schools… It’s a tall order. One thing I know for sure… You will not find someone more committed to doing what’s best for kids in Worthington than Trent Bowers. We are in good hands. Happy first day on the job, Superintendent Bowers!
P.S. If you want to connect with the new superintendent you can follow him on Twitter @TBowers3 or read the district blog, Absolute Excellence.
P.P.S. You might remember Trent’s acting debut in Granby’s LipDub a few years ago… You can see it here.