Influencer of the week: Donte' Dowling, Bay Lake Elementary School

Donte’ Dowling is a first-grade teacher and has been at the school for four years.

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Featured this week is Donte' Dowling, who also was chosen as Bay Lake Elementary School's Teacher of the Year. According to principal Myrlene Jackson-Kimble, Dowling consistently goes above and beyond expectations to support the school community.  She currently serves as Team Leader for her grade level, Faculty Advisory Council Chair, member of the School Advisory Council and is a teacher leader on the school’s digital leadership team. Dowling was described by Jackson-Kimble as having a humble spirit, a strong work ethic and always making

herself available to help others. 

What do you love most about your school? 

I absolutely love being a Bay Lake Lion! The students, parents, teachers and administration all make this school an awesome place. Everyone is so nice and helpful, and that makes the school atmosphere feel like a family.

What is your favorite part of your job? 

My favorite part of my job is connecting with my first-graders and watching (and celebrating) them grow and excel throughout the year.

What made you want to take on this job? 

I’ve wanted to be an elementary school teacher since I was a little girl. I used to come home from school and play school with my younger sister and stuffed animals.

What motivates you and pushes you to do your best?  

Definitely my first-grade students! Seeing their smiling faces enter the classroom so hopeful and ready to learn. I want my classroom to feel like a community. They need to know I care about each and every one of them. They come first … they need to know they matter! 

What’s the nicest thing a student or faculty member has done with you?

Everyone at Bay Lake is so nice that there have been many awesome gestures throughout the years! Everyone is so generous and wanting to make sure you have what you need so you and your students have a successful year.

What is your favorite movie? 

I love all the Marvel and DC movies.

What’s your favorite sports team? 

I’m originally from Detroit, Michigan, so I cheer for the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.

Do you have any pets? What are their names? 

My husband and I have three furbabies (kitties) named Cali, Maci, Zoey.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? 

I’d love to go to Switzerland to see where my father’s side immigrated from


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