Gary Towery is no stranger to Career and Technical Education (CTE). He is a 29 year veteran in education and a proud alumnus of Western Carolina University graduating in 1985 with a BS in Industrial Arts Education. During his 29 years, he has worked for 24 years in CTE and six of those years have been at the Newton-Conover High School in Newton, NC.
Gary serves our CTE department at the high school and the middle school as a Career Development Coordinator (CDC), the Special Populations Coordinator (SPC) and as the Instructional Management Coordinator (IMC)for the high school. In his role as IMC, Gary serves to insure that all students have ample opportunities to take courses in CTE and also to ensure that the teachers of CTE have ample tools and curriculum connections as they teach their courses.
According to Gary, “CTE has been in my life since junior high. In high school I took Graphic Arts all three years and had a great teacher, Mr. Cooper. I’ve used him as my role model during my teaching career. I love working in CTE because it gives me a chance to work with most students in the school. I love to encourage all students to be the best they can be. I feel my gift is to encourage students and have compassion for them. Earning (not demanding) the respect of my students and peers has always been a goal of mine.”
On Friday, March 21st, Gary attended the Northwest Regional IMC meeting for all coordinators in our area (Region 7) consisting of 21 different school districts. At that meeting, he was informed that he was voted by his peers and colleagues as the Region 7-IMC of the Year. This is a great honor in that he was nominated and voted for by his fellow peers and colleagues. Anyone who knows or has worked with Gary knows that he is a very humble person that works well with all people. That is what makes him so strong in this capacity. His knowledge and experience in CTE and education have allowed the Newton-Conover City Schools to benefit from this experience. He is well-respected and loved by students and staff alike.
Gary will now move on to compete further as he will be in the running for the “state-wide” IMC of the Year. We wish Gary all the luck as he is certainly deserving of the award. When informed that he was chosen, his comment was, “I just want to do my best to make NCCS the best in the state. Today was the best day in my 29 years. For my peers to vote for me for this was a humbling experience.”
Good luck, Gary!!!