Loretta K. Lowman is a senior in the College of Education’s Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction’s Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate degree program. Upon completion, Ms. Lowman will also hold a Reading Specialist certification. She hopes to offer future students opportunities similar to those that she was afforded through the support of early educators who championed her innate abilities, and passions. Ms. Lowman’s enthusiasm to reinvest in the educational pursuits of future generations are rooted in her modest upbringing, and her early educational experiences in a special education programs led by passionate educators. Ms. Lowman recalls her fortune of meeting teachers who allowed her to hone her research sills, and unique interests, resulting in an increased “sense of self,” and academic success.
Loretta is dedicated to return the investment that her former educators made to support her, and began this process by serving as a Residential Counselor for the Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (SCOPE), after having first been a participant in the program over the summer of 2007. She now supports the SCOPE program, and the Office of Multicultural Programs as an Office Assistant.
"I saw SCOPE as my way out of poverty," Lowman said. "It was my first interaction with esteemed multicultural educators, and it affirmed for me that my home in East Orange, New Jersey, would not be my last stop in life."
Ms. Lowman proudly explains the impact that SCOPE had in reframing her beliefs about what she could accomplish. Her enthusiasm resonates from her desire to support others to access opportunities that might allow them to see themselves in the ways that she has begun to see herself. She hopes to share the value of “being given the space to be a student, a literate individual, and a whole human being.”
“Knowing your disability, truly understanding it, allows you to function. Knowing what that means for myself, and who I am in addition to that, allows me to see myself fully – as a capable individual, a provider of opportunities, and a passionate educator.”
Ms. Lowman hopes to continue to explore new ways of learning, creating innovative teaching models that utilize learning relationships to promote positive experiences in academia for future learners. She also dreams of using her skills to create education programs for students with special learning needs in disadvantaged communities. Lowman will be sure to remind future educators that our role is not “to save a child, we are going in to bolster their current strengths, and to offer a level of support that leaves room for that strength to grow.”
Ms. Loretta K. Lowman’s favorite quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.