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Name: Carie Lowdermilk
Residence: Rock Hill
Degree: B.S., Elementary Education; M.Ed., Educational Leadership; M.Ed., Middle Level Education
Occupation: Sixth-Grade Assistant Principal, Castle Heights Middle School

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Carie Hucks Lowdermilk '97, '03, '08, the 2016 Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year, has taken more than a few cues from the best educator she knows: her mother, Mae E. Hucks '65.

Lowdermilk, sixth-grade assistant principal at Castle Heights Middle School in Rock Hill, received the state-wide award, presented by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA), in December 2015. The honor recognizes Lowdermilk's extraordinary leadership abilities and commitment to her students' academic success.

"Being honored with this award is amazing," said Lowdermilk, who earned her B.S. in elementary education at Winthrop. "I love my job working with middle-level learners, and getting to see them grow over the years fills my life with purpose and joy."

The Conway, South Carolina, native started at CHMS as a teacher, eventually transitioning into her current role as sixth-grade assistant principal. As part of that transition, Lowdermilk returned to Winthrop to earn her M.Ed. in middle level education and her M.Ed. in educational leadership.

"I continued my education at Winthrop because it has such a strong educational program," explained Lowdermilk. She added that her passion is working with adolescent students, so returning to Winthrop to continue her education was a natural choice.

Lowdermilk credits Associate Professor of Educational Leadership Mary Martin and retired Associate Professor of Educational Leadership Mark Mitchell with helping her establish "a firm foundation of leadership qualities that I still use daily."

Last Updated: 2/11/16

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