Expansion & Growth
IDEA Names Nate Lowry as the Executive Director for Tampa Bay Region
Nate Lowry, a respected leader in education, has recently been named IDEA Public Schools’ Executive Director of Tampa Bay, the second IDEA region outside of Texas. Nate is poised to take the helm in the Florida-based community when its first four schools open in fall 2021.
Nate began his career in education as a middle school math and special education teacher with Donna Independent School District. During his third year at D.M. “Dora” Sauceda Middle School, he was selected as an eighth-grade team leader, leading his students to achieve exemplary results across the four content areas.
Soon after, Nate worked at IDEA College Preparatory San Juan, where he served as a teacher, Assistant Principal of Instruction, and Principal in Residence. He was named Teacher of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year, and under his leadership, the Math Department piloted “flipped” classrooms and earned performance distinctions from TEA in 2013 and 2014.
Prior to leading the Montopolis Bulldogs, Nate served as founding Principal of IDEA Weslaco Pike College Preparatory. In both years, the school earned the state’s highest rating as well as all distinctions for which it was eligible. He also led his team of teachers and leaders to create opportunities for students not previously offered at IDEA, including the Mavs Book Bus literacy project, IDEA’s first tennis team, and new programming such as seventh grade Algebra I.
The Future is Bright in the Sunshine State
The first four campuses in Tampa Bay will open in fall 2021.
Nate’s primary goal for IDEA Tampa Bay is to create world-class schools that focus on excellence, empathy and experiences. Nate is confident that by successfully combining these elements at every IDEA Tampa Bay School, the region will serve as proof point for what is possible and ensure every IDEA student is prepared to graduate from college.
“It is said that a rising tide lifts all boats,” he says. “We believe that a rising school district truly has the power to lift all students, and we hold in highest esteem the opportunity to serve the students and parents of the greater Tampa Bay region so we can do exactly that.”
Learn more about IDEA Public Schools coming to Tampa Bay!