Paul Adams McDowell of Shelbyville took the helm of Eminence Independent School System’s Physical Education Department on Feb. 9.
McDowell’s previous experience includes working as a special education teacher and a physical education teacher in Jefferson and Shelby County public schools. “He has experience at all three grade levels,” EIS Superintendent Don Aldridge said.
McDowell is a 1986 graduate of Ballard High School in Louisville. He earned his Bachelor and Master’s Degree from the University of Louisville, completing his Master’s in May 1996. Aldridge said McDowell played college football at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.
Teaching was a natural choice for McDowell. “Both of my parents were teachers and education was very important in our family,” he said. Aldridge said McDowell asked his father’s advice about coming into the Eminence school system following Coach Dewayne Douglas, who died unexpectedly in January.
“His dad told him to come in very humble,” Aldridge said.
“I’m trying to follow up and do the best I can,” McDowell said. “I’m trying to follow his format and not making any big changes.” He said there was tribute to Douglas over the weekend where Douglas’ jersey number was retired showed that Douglas had a big impact on the school.
McDowell is getting acclimated to the school and kids, and enjoys working with principals Steve Frommeyer and Michael Doran.
McDowell looks forward to participating in a variety of activities. “I’m going to help coach football and track,” he said. “We are getting ready for spring practice.”
“He seems to be doing well,” Aldridge said. “The kids seem to like him.”
McDowell said the feeling is mutual. “It’s a great place and a great group of kids,” he said.
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