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Bowers has new leader in Arwood

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By Cindy Simpson

Bowers Elementary School has a hometown principal now at the helm. Bowers Elementary School has a hometown principal now at the helm.

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Brenda Arwood is a lifelong resident of South Harriman who has worked at Bowers Elementary the last seven years.
She served first as an intervention teacher and, most recently, as a fourth-grade mathematics teacher.
She hopes that her connection to the community will help her do well in her new role.
“I think adminstrators need to fit in with the school and the community,” Arwood said.
“ This is my community. I lived here my whole life. I’m from South Harriman. This is where I attended elementary school. This is where I felt I fit,” Arwood said.
“I just felt like I was just a fit here because I know the community, the people and the needs of the students,” she said.
She attended other South Harriman community schools.
She’s been given a lot of community support so far.
“We are a family-centered school,” Arwood said.
That goes for how the staff treats the students and each other.
“We are just like one big family. The staff works very well together. They have a desire to meet the students’ needs and do everything it takes to educate the whole child,” Arwood said.
While she loves teaching, administration has been a longtime goal.

“I always wanted to be an administrator and worked a
Brenda Arwood is a lifelong resident of South Harriman who has worked at Bowers Elementary the last seven years.
She served first as an intervention teacher and, most recently, as a fourth-grade mathematics teacher.
She hopes that her connection to the community will help her do well in her new role.
“I think adminstrators need to fit in with the school and the community,” Arwood said.
“ This is my community. I lived here my whole life. I’m from South Harriman. This is where I attended elementary school. This is where I felt I fit,” Arwood said.
“I just felt like I was just a fit here because I know the community, the people and the needs of the students,” she said.
She attended other South Harriman community schools.