• Patrick Lowendick points out math principals to students in one of his algebra classes. (Photo/Linda Erbele)

NGA’s Lowendick believes how students are taught is important

Patrick Lowendick, the Ninth Grade Academy’s Teacher of the Year, has been teaching for five years. At 27, he still relates to his students and hopes they related to him.
“I try to be a stable presence, and go above and beyond,” he said.
A graduate of White County High School and the University of North Georgia, Lowendick is currently teaching physical science, coordinate algebra and foundations of algebra. He drives to the high school daily for one of the classes. Next semester, he said, he will teach honors geometry.
He is married to Hannah Lowendick, the media and technology para-pro at the Ninth Grade Academy. They have one son, Grayson, 19 months old.
Lowendick described the school as a “tight knit family.”
“Everybody tries to jump in and help when they can,” he added. “If something needs to be done, I try to take that leadership role.”
Lowendick believes that students learn better if they believe they can trust the teacher.
“They are all very different,” he said. “It’s fun trying to figure out their nuances. It’s not what you are trying to teach them, it’s how you relate to them and get information across. That’s when you get the best work done.”

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