Gilman Downtown: Rick Bowie

Great restaurants, easy transportation, and city pride — just a few of the many reasons several Gilman faculty members call downtown Baltimore their home. Now is your chance to meet a few of them. Here’s Gilman Lower School teacher and Canton resident Rick Bowie ’08.

 Rick Bowie ’08

Lower School teacher Rick Bowie leads two sections of math for fourth and fifth grade boys and teaches a fifth grade reading section. He is an assistant coach on Gilman’s varsity football team and serves on the outreach committee for community service.

10603230_719316531438814_6693525691064022526_nMr. Bowie graduated from Gilman in 2008 and received his B.A. from Dickinson College in 2012. After graduating, he returned to Gilman as a Cooper Fellow, which allows young college graduates to take on a teaching role, and was brought on as a full time faculty member the following year.

Mr. Bowie really enjoys college football, the Orioles, Ravens, and any other compelling sporting event, at any level.

He also loves living in Canton. “I love the character, restaurants, Patterson Park, and all the Baltimore pride. Baltimore feels like a city, but is so small and easy to get around. Its also pretty beautiful to have water all around.”

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Without a doubt, it’s the young men, of all ages, I get the opportunity to work with each and every day. Whether it is a classroom of fifth grade boys or a field full of seniors, we have some pretty amazing kids here at Gilman.

What do you love about Gilman?

I love the history, the pride, and the people. I love it here so much that I am coming up on my fifteenth year out of 24 as a student or teacher.

What words would students use to describe you?

I hope they would use words like energetic, passionate, and fun. Then again, who knows? You might have to ask them!

What are you passionate about?IMG_0649

I love math and sports. I think both can teach you a lot about failure, perseverance, and responding to adversity. When you are down, you learn a lot about yourself and those around you. Those lessons can really pay off in life, no matter how old you are when you learn them.

Your most memorable teacher:

My most memorable teacher was, without a doubt, [former Gilman Headmaster] Mr. Schmick. He was my advisor, mentor, leader, teacher, boss, and friend — all in one. And, he did it with such class. I hope I can become half the educator that he was and continues to be though retirement.

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