20 December, 2013 (All day)
Roger Fowles was born in Mount Pleasant, Utah. The son of a father who was a school teacher and a mother who was a professional secretary for Geneva Steel, Fowles was raised an only child and admits to being a little “spoiled.” Fowles lived in Mount Pleasant until he was about 8 year old and then moved to Provo as his father attended Brigham Young University. The family then settled in Springville, where Fowles lived until he graduated from Springville High School.
After high school Fowles returned to BYU, where he completed his degree in elementary education.
While attending the university, Fowles joined the Army ROTC, eventually serving as the executive officer of the rifle drill team. Fowles’s dedication to the Army has spanned a large part of his life. After his commission and officer training, he served 28 years in the Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1999. As a young man Roger also served an LDS mission in Hawaii.
Fowles is married to Nancy and is the father of five. Roger is also the grandfather of 17 grandchildren. For many years Fowles was a dedicated runner, but he has decided to “slow down” a bit recently. He continues to be physically active and starts his school days with a brisk walk around campus, where he often tends to the campus issues that are missed amid the chaos of the day. Fowles enjoys time at Yellowstone National Park and considers some of his experiences there as treasured memories.
On Jan. 1, 2014, Fowles will begin his 43rd year teaching at Morgan Elementary School. The campus patriarch, Fowles has spent a professional lifetime teaching, mentoring and modeling excellence to the students and educators alike in the Morgan School District.
Beginning as a half-day PE coach and half-day classroom teacher, Roger has spent his professional years as a teacher of the third and fourth grades. His affinity for these grades lies in the teams of teachers he has been privileged to work with over the years.
Along with so many other achievements, Fowles is proud of the hand-made bells the third grade students make for their families each year. This keepsake reflects the hard work and achievement his students make each year under his guidance. Roger Fowles is a master teacher in every sense of the word.