New Corinth Elementary principal Chris Lowe is pretty familiar with working near the intersection of Mission and 83rd Street. He can practically see the First Watch where he had his first job washing dishes and bussing tables from the school’s circle drive.
“It’s almost surreal to be back here on my stomping grounds,” he said.
A northeast Johnson County native, Lowe attended Prairie and Indian Hills before going on to SM East, where he graduated in 1999. During his time at SM East, he did some work with Johnson County Parks & Recreation’s before and after school programs, where he discovered a passion for working with kids. After attending Kansas State University, Lowe took a third grade teaching job in Gardner. Eventually he moved to Coffeyville in southeast Kansas for an administrative job in the school district there. He moved back to Johnson County to serve as a learning coach and principal in the DeSoto School District.
When Lowe saw an opening for a principal job in Shawnee Mission, he jumped at the opportunity. Because he accepted the job in March, he had time to get acclimated with the school last spring and participate in some of the community events. His early positive impressions of the school have only been reinforced since classes started.
“The kids are awesome — super polite, outgoing,” Lowe said. I’ve been at a lot of schools, but this is the one where I’ve had the most come up with their hands out, saying, ‘Nice to meet you.’ Growing up around the area, I’d always heard great things about this school.”