Silver Falls Substitute A Shining Star

Betty Lowman has only been a substitute for two years, but already she has made quite an impression on the district.

“Betty is such a strong advocate for all of our district schools, students and staff,” said Superintendent Andy Bellando. “She clearly has a love for all kids and is a champion for their success.”

A Scotts Mills resident, Lowman spent more than 30 years as a graphic artist in publishing. Throughout those years she spent lots of time volunteering with children in afterschool programs and church camps. Her own daughter attended Scotts Mills School and Silverton High School from 2006-2014.

Lowman decided to become a substitute as a way to keep busy and supplement her retirement income.

“I love working with kids,” she said. “I come home happy.”

She likes the variety of subbing and the opportunity to work at different schools and in different classrooms.

“Every school has it’s own culture,” she said. “Silverton is a wonderful town and our small schools are like families.”