Athens State Student Named Alabama Big Brother of the Year
ATHENS, Ala. - Dustin Bowman, an education major at Athens State University, was recently named Big Brother of the Year for the state of Alabama. Bowman, a Hartselle native, was nominated along with his Little Brother Sawyer McCormick by the Morgan County chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
“To me, being named ‘Big Brother of the year’ means I can represent a great mentoring organization in my local community as well as the state,” states Bowman. “It is an honor and privilege to be given this award!”
Big Brother Dustin Bowman with Little Brother Sawyer McCormick
Bowman became involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in 2009 and was matched with McCormick in early 2010. The program had an influence in his career path as he was originally a biology major and planned on attending Pharmacy School. Upon his involvement with the organization, he changed his major to elementary education.
“I have always wanted to teach but never followed through with it until becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters,” remarked Bowman. “I wanted to make a bigger difference in the life of a child outside the classroom. “
Bowman also found inspiration from his wife who is a Certified Elementary Educator. He is currently doing his field service at Julian Harris Elementary School in Decatur and expects to graduate from Athens State in May of this year.
“Dustin is an exemplary ASU elementary major intern,” states Jill Cook, Athens State’s Certification Officer. “He is not only an outstanding classroom teacher, but has taken on several additional responsibilities within his school placement.”
In addition to his practice teaching, Bowman has planned and organized a grade level field trip,
is volunteering with Julian Harris’ spirit night at Chick-Fil-A, and is planning to help re-paint the school parking. He also works with the Student Council Team and has started a “Math Intervention” group.
Big Brother of the year for the state of Alabama includes having lunch with Governor Bentley and being recognized for being a positive role model in the life of a child.
“Sawyer and I find out in March if we win the national contest and fly to Washington, D.C. to meet President Obama,” added Bowman.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit mentoring organization that matches children (ages 5-15) with an adult volunteer. Most of the children in our program come from single parent homes and are in need of additional attention, time and support.