GENERAL SESSION II

Monday, October 11, 9:00-10:00 am

Keynote Speaker

Lori Mowl

Lewisville ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Finalist

Briarhill Middle School, Lewisville Independent School District 

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While every mathematician will tell you that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, sometimes the most meaningful, beautiful road is nowhere near straight.  Such is the pathway that led Lori Mowl to teach 7th Honors Math and 6th grade Gifted and Talented ELAR at Briarhill Middle School in Highland Village, TX. 

 

At a young age, Lori spent her days in a dance studio and was offered the opportunity to assist in training younger dancers.  This teaching opportunity early in life would later become the spark for Lori to find her true calling as an educator.  Starting out as an accounting major, those sweet moments with young dancers inspired Lori to change paths and pursue an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s in Secondary Education at the University of North Texas.  As a proud K-12 product of Lewisville ISD, it was important for Lori to return to the school district that inspired her love of learning. Lori began her teaching career as an English teacher at the same school where her mother was the Home Economics teacher. Over time, Lori started tutoring students in math and often could be found joyfully working algebra problems during her conference period.  She learned that her passion for math was evident and became certified to teach math, too.  She now uses her love of reading, writing, and math to mentor teachers and to build long-lasting relationships with students, inspiring them to follow their own beautiful paths to a meaningful future.

 

Lori is in her 25th year of teaching and has served her schools in a variety of capacities such as math department chair, curriculum writer and developer, ESC Region XI/LISD New Math TEKS Trainer, LISD New Instructional Materials Committee, CAMT presenter, UNT: Teach North Texas Teacher Mentor, Advance Academic Leadership Team, LISD New Hire Middle School Math Mentor, TWU adjunct faculty, and many more. She has been recognized as a Walmart Teacher of the Year (2007), Peek’s Flooring Teacher of the Year (2017), LEF Changing Children’s Lives Award (2015), Briarhill Middle School’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, and Lewisville ISD’s only middle school finalist for Teacher of the Year 2021.

 

Lori lives in Flower Mound, Texas, and is married to her husband Chris. Together they have three beautiful children: Peyton, a senior at Lipscomb University in Nashville; Micah, a senior at Marcus High School; and Jacob, who now lives with Jesus. When not teaching, Lori enjoys reading YA novels and adult mysteries.