Drew Fowler comes to FSI after holding two previous public school positions. He began his career at his alma mater in Mississippi at Brandon High School in Brandon, MS. Most recently, Drew taught at Owen High School in Black Mountain, NC. He has taught a variety of courses including AP Government, AP Language, AP Literature, Debate I and II, Creative Writing I and II, Journalism, Yearbook, and World, American, and British Literature. Drew holds a Masters in Teaching and a Bachelors in History from Mississippi State University.
In addition to teaching, Drew works in the camping industry during the summer months. He has been a Counselor, Tribal Director, Program Director, and Camp Director over the course of his eight summers at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC. Drew’s decision to become a teacher is directly tied to experiences and stories at camp. His belief in intentional relationships is the cornerstone of how he runs his classroom and interacts with his students. Drew believes in the power of mutual respect, grace, and love in order to foster deep conversations and thought.
Drew strives to teach his students to not only enjoy education but to also see its greater purpose for the world. Through probing questions, open-ended writing prompts, in-depth discussions and debates, and application of real world issues, he hopes to encourage his students to find and develop an intrinsic motivation that pushes them much further than grades, scholarships, and acclamations and lives on long after graduation. He believes there is no better subject matter to drive young minds to the edge of why they are who they are and why they believe what they believe than English and Literature. In order to accomplish these aspirations, Drew believes in the power of relationship. By fostering deep, meaningful relationships and a classroom environment built on grace, encouragement, and open-minded thought, his students develop an appreciation for one another’s thoughts and opinions, as well as gaining a better understanding of their own. He looks forward to continuing these practices with the students and faculty at Franklin.