When he was seven years old, Dr. Bower remembers sitting next to his mother on the couch at home as she read a magazine. She stopped reading and shifted her attention to him as she pointed to a picture of a doctor in a white medical coat obviously in an advertisement for something. She pointed to the man in the picture and told him, “You are going to be a doctor like him when you grow up.” After his father passed away several years ago, he reflected on that conversation with his mother, as he has done many times throughout his life. His decision to continue his life long passion for learning stems from that precious moment in his life. He aspired to be a doctor because his mother said that’s what he would become.
Gregory Michael Bower completed high school studies in 1992. In 1995, he earned an Associate’s degree from Kilgore Junior College. After words, he transferred to the University of Texas at Tyler where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1997 with a major in history and a minor in English. While beginning his career as an English teacher, and history teacher, he worked to earn a Masters of Arts degree in history in 2003 from the University of Texas at Tyler. He worked as a public school teacher for eight years as an English Department Chair and English Coordinator until 2006 when he finished his principal certification from Texas A&M Commerce.
He served as an assistant principal and associate principal for three years at Corsicana High School before becoming the executive principal for that school from 2008 to 2012. In 2012 he earned his superintendent’s certification from the University of Texas at Tyler. He served as the executive principal of Crosby High School from 2012 until 2015. In 2015, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Quitman, ISD. In that same year, he was accepted into Cohort 10 at Lamar University where he earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership in August of 2018. Currently, he serves as the Superintendent of Como-Pickton Consolidated School District where he was hired in April of 2017. He hopes to plant those same seeds of life-long learning in those he is blessed to serve as a superintendent of.