Although retired, Michael Lowenstein is continually working to improve Mesa County.
Tutoring reading, volunteering at the Math and Science Center, and helping out with Rotary International are only a few of the ways Lowenstein gives back to the community.
Lowenstein spent most of his college time studying chemistry, graduating from Oberlin College in Ohio with a degree in chemistry and then going on to Arizona State University to receive degrees in Chemistry and Physics. He also has two kids of his own that have graduated from college.
He believes that the core subjects of math, reading, and writing need to be improved. The board should look at how these subjects are being taught and assist teachers in finding new ways to help students learn.
“I’m what you might call a ‘back-to-basics’ type person,” says Lowenstein. “What we did for 200 years in the school system worked. Then we started experimenting and things have gone downhill ever since. Good teachers know how to teach and they don’t need a committee in Washington telling them how to what to do. I want to help our teachers to educate students, not fill out paperwork. We have the capability to be in the top-tier of school districts in Colorado.”