Wynona J. Lowe
As a teenager, I enjoyed singing in churches and school choirs, as well as performing with my sisters up and down the west coast. I inherited my musical talent from both parents. My love for learning and my servant’s heart, however, was a direct gift from my mother who passed away when I was 4 years old. Before she passed however, she was renowned for feeding strangers who were down on their luck. Sometimes, an injured hobo miscalculated the distance, as he hopped to or from the train [we lived a stone’s throw away from the railroad tracks]. Often, it was the homeless needing a warm coat or a sympathetic ear. The advent of these gifts, talents, and love of learning, shapes the core of who I am today.
After graduating high school, I matriculated to Whitworth University in 1971. I graduated in 1975, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences and minor in education. In 1985, my three children who now, were school aged, afforded me the time and opportunity to return to school. I earned my Oregon Teaching certification from Portland State University in 1986. That fall, I began my teaching career with Portland Public Schools, which spanned 22 years. I taught high school social studies and vocational education, until I retired in 2008. During that time, I earned my Master of Arts in Education and an Oregon Administrators licenses. I currently work as University Supervisor at Concordia, a part-time position I have occupied since 2009, and as an online instructor in Concordia’s new M.Ed. program.
Throughout my career, I have enjoyed success in a variety of areas. Owing to my commitment towards on-going personal and professional development, I graduated from Capella University on March 15, 2014, earning my Ed.D in Education Leadership and Management. The experience provided an invaluable opportunity to explore senior leaders, middle leaders, and leadership models for effectiveness and improvement for the 21st Century, and beyond.
My career has been both challenging and rewarding, yet I still have a desire to face new challenges with greater responsibility that will allow me to demonstrate my full potential. In return, I offer commitment to improving the human condition, to integrity, and a vast amount of personal and professional experience that will prove beneficial to your organization, and the Portland community, as a whole.