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Dr. Chris Lowder: Growing and
supporting students and teachers
in Cabarrus County Schools
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Rooted in Achievement

Dr. Lowder’s Cabarrus County roots run deep, which may be one of the reasons why this homegrown leader in education has excelled to the level of superintendent.

Literally, he has been here from his beginning. He was born at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital in 1968 and spent his entire primary educational years and comprehensive professional career within the CCS district.

Learn more about Dr. Lowder’s education and professional career How inspiration from teachers in his life fuels his passion for education
His comprehensive CCS career path that has included serving in roles from a teacher to assistant superintendent, has given Dr. Lowder the understanding and perspectives from just about every position in the school system, therefore, relating to district employees in a familiar and relevant way. Problem solving seems to come easier for him too because he knows first-hand the history, the insights, the successes and the challenges CCS has faced over multiple decades. With his long-standing Cabarrus County history, he understands the climate of the community and is prepared beyond the credentials on a resume. He and his wife of 22 years, Stephanie, are parents of two daughters who are being educated in CCS, so he also has an additional vested interest in getting it right.
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Primary Educational
Years and Comprehensive
Professional Career

Royal Oaks Elementary School was where Lowder started his primary education years before his family moved to Kannapolis, where he ultimately graduated from A.L. Brown High School in 1987. It was during his formative years where the impact of his teachers’ words and expectations inspired him to pursue education as a career.

After majoring in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he went on to get his master’s degree in the same subject at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, while he taught English at Central Cabarrus High School. As he prepared himself for educational leadership positions, he went on to get a second master’s degree in School Administration at UNCC, while also completing the North Carolina Principals Fellows program. He then became an assistant principal at Northwest Cabarrus High School and later became the assistant principal and principal at Central Cabarrus High School — where his teaching career began. In 2012, he completed his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from UNCC. Over the years, he’s held various administrative and leadership positions, such as the district’s high school director and assistant superintendent before taking on his current role as superintendent of CCS.

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Inspiration from teachers in his
life fuels his passion for education

Jane Richie

6th grade teacher

“She was the first person outside of my family that believed in me and said I was very smart and could do anything I wanted to do. At that moment, I would have done anything for her. The power of her words has impacted me all of these years, and going into education I thought I too wanted to have that same impact on another young person.”

Bob Shinn

High school history teacher

“He seemed to know everything about everything, and to this day he is probably the smartest person I’ve ever met. We always wanted to be around him, and I thought one day, I want people to think the same way about me as we did about him.”

Jim Rogers

High school English teacher

“He had a certain standard of excellence. He would say here is where I expect you to be and this is what you can do. When I did well, he’d pat me on the back, but when I didn’t step up, he would tell me that what I did wasn’t good enough, and that I could do better than that. Those high standards stick with me to this day.”

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Dr. Lowder’s graduation speech to students and families in 2015.
“I want our district’s teachers to be educators who know how to support and create nurturing environments for students while continuing to stretch their own and their students’ abilities.”

Understanding what every parent wants…

As a parent who happens to be the superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools, Dr. Chris Lowder wants the same for your children as he wants for his own:
  • A safe environment
  • A great teacher in every classroom
  • And for each student to individually achieve a year’s worth of growth each school year
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Teachers in a working session with Dr. Lowder

As a lasting legacy, Lowder wants Cabarrus County Schools to be a place where consistently:

  • Students are challenged and nurtured
  • Parents want their kids to be educated
  • Teachers want to work (because principals know how to set the bar the right way)
  • Principals and teachers feel supported