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Bowles Receives $50,000 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Award

Alexander Central High School carpentry teacher Joshua Bowles has been named a winner of the 2022 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools prize for teaching excellence. He was awarded $15,000 for himself and $35,000 for his program. 

Bowles is one of 20 winners nationwide. He said in his application, "I work to improve my teaching by constantly evaluating what works and what doesn't. I'm not sure I have ever taught any module or lesson the same way twice. I am always making tweaks that will help my students better understand."

The prize received 768 applications from all 50 states and included three rounds of judging. Bowles has taught carpentry for 13 years.