Biography Summary and Highlights
  • Huntsville City BOE, elected 2014, re-seated 2018 (ran un-opposed), Past President
  • Mother of a child who attends Huntsville City Schools (Class of 2023)
  • Dedicated advocate for students and public schools
  • Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) District 9 Director
  • AASB Committee service: Federal Relations Network, Nomination, Training (vice chair), Advocacy (chair)
  • Alabama teacher of the year evaluation and selection committee
  • Participated in several AASB Advocacy days in Montgomery, met with representatives
  • Participate in the 2020 National School Boards Association’s Advocacy Institute in Washington D.C. and met with representatives in the house and senate
  • Organized & participated in meetings between constituents/PTA groups and state representatives to discuss challenges, needs and priorities
  • Organized & participated in meetings between the superintendent and state representatives to discuss challenges, needs and priorities
  • Successfully advocated for and approved locally funded salary increases for teachers
  • Successfully advocated for and approved regionally competitive wages for custodial workers, clerical workers, and teacher aides
  • Approved regionally competitive increase in wages for child nutrition workers
  • Successfully advocated to improve teacher and support staff appreciation
  • Established better access for the public to board related information, the role of the school board, board operations, and the purpose of board meetings and work sessions. Helped to develop online constituent services so board members and the superintendent are more easily and intuitively contacted. (None were in place prior to Beth’s service on the board.)
  • Volunteer reading coach (2011 – present)
  • Student mentor in our school system (2011 – present)
  • Destination Imagination team manager (2013 – 2018)
  • Huntsville Junior High School Student Leadership Program Group Mentor
  • Student Leadership Day Break out session leader/speaker (Hampton Cove Middle/Huntsville Jr. High)
  • Reading initiative volunteer with The United Way and Read Across America
  • Served on Huntsville City Schools teacher of the year review and selection committee
  • Served as a student presentations judge at Huntsville City Schools’ Greenpower Races
  • Former Substitute Teacher
  • Served as a Pre-K Spanish teacher
  • Established Club Panther, Blossomwood Elementary School’s after school enrichment program
  • Advised other elementary schools on how to form enrichment clubs
  • Blossomwood Elementary School Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Attained Master School Boardsmanship level (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Focus Class 30 and Flagship Class 29 graduate
  • Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Best Reading Club Ever Committee Member
  • Collaborated with the Committee of 100 to fund Poverty Simulation workshops for teachers
  • Local Voter Precinct worker
  • “South Huntsville Neighbors” magazine, contributing writer
  • Mountain Springs Swim Club board member, Swim Team coordinator, and e-mail Communications Director; Rocket City Swim League representative for Mountain Springs Swim Club (2013 – 2019)
  • Active supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama
  • Former Lead Project Manager, Assessment & Planning, of a state mandated project spanning an 18-county area
  • Earned a BA, English; MS, Fluvial Geomorphology/Physical Geography; minor in Environmental Analysis from the University of Florida
  • Volunteer & employee with Florida Horsemanship for the Handicapped while in college
  • Taught student athletes on scholarship at the University of Florida (Teaching Assistantship)
  • Married for over 20 years to Jeff Lower, a local small business owner, geospatial business