A longtime Tooele educator has been recognized by his peers for his contributions to his school and community.
Bob Gowans, Tooele High School’s agriculture instructor and Future Farmers of America adviser, received the “Teacher of The Year in Community Service” award by Region V of the Association of Career and Technical Educators. He has been teaching agriculture for 31 years.
Gowans was also recognized by the national ACTE as one of five finalists for the National ACTE Teacher of the Year in Community Service Award at its annual award banquet held Dec. 4 in Las Vegas, Nev.
“Mr. Gowans’s selection for this award is a testament to the scope and impact of his contributions to career and technical education,” said Kate Dowdy, leadership coordinator for ACTE awards.
Region V of the ACTE includes 20,000 career and technical educators from 16 states.
Gowans’ contributions to the community have included involving his students to help landscape Deseret Peak Complex, contributing labor and equipment to add over 250 trees to school grounds, and raising 700 poinsettias for senior citizens.
Currently Gowans serves as the president of the Tooele Education Association. His other contributions to education have included serving as secretary and president of the Utah Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, being a member of the Utah FFA advisory board, and serving as department head and coordinator for CTE at Tooele High School.
Outside of education his contributions to the community include serving for 12 years on the Tooele City Planning and Zoning Commission, two years on the Tooele County Tourism Board, and president of the Tooele Cattlemen’s Association.
He has also been a volunteer with the Utah State Fair for 24 years and was a member of Governor Huntsman’s 2008 21st Century Task Force. He has also been active in the local and state turkey shows and the Tooele County Junior Livestock Show.
Gowans said he learned from his high school agriculture teacher, as well as his father, the importance of being involved and making a difference in your community, a lesson he tries to pass on to his students.
“It is at this point in my career that I can look back at what my students have accomplished and feel that I too have guided my students into directions that they will be able to make a difference in the lives of students and their communities,” he said. “Each year I remind all of my students to get involved and make a difference.”