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    Principal's Message

    Welcome to Fulton & Alsbury Academy of Arts and Engineering! 

    I am Dr. Kurt Lowry and I am honored to lead our school community in our continuing drive toward educational excellence following the successful tenure of our preceding principal, Dr. Andy Glatfelter, and our highly trained and deeply committed teachers and staff, our Very Important Parent Partners (VIPPs), and our inspired and inspiring students.

    Our 2023-2024 academic year is my twenty-fourth year overall in service to students and families in diverse K-12 public education settings as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and central district director.  I have served with distinction in large urban and smaller, suburban K-12 school districts and in higher education in communities throughout Los Angeles, including in the East and West San Fernando Valley, Hancock Park, Mid-City, West Adams, and South Los Angeles, Hollywood, Ventura County, the South Bay, and here in Lancaster.

    I bring with me requisite knowledge and skills, depth and breadth of experience, along with a “rookie’s hunger” to learn the Lancaster “way.”  Indeed, with each passing day, I have learned so very much about our school’s and district’s esteemed place in our community, in Lancaster proper, the Antelope Valley, and region beyond.  As I continue to build important relationships and partnerships on our site, in our district, in our community, and in the Antelope Valley, the “Aerospace Valley” and home of “Test Flight,” I am grateful for residents’ generous insights and institutional knowledge and support.

    As you may know, Fulton & Alsbury Academy of Arts and Engineering has been voted “AV’s BEST!” six years in a row, from 2018 to this past year, 2023. 

    In addition to maintaining our award-winning programs and highly regarded curriculum that prepare our students for not only high school, but STEAM-inspired career pathways and lifelong learning, I am proud to have brought with me a few innovative and research-based instructional initiatives, other architectures, and programs that have already positioned our school for further growth.  Of course, we continue to enthusiastically support existing signature programs and expectations inherited from Dr. Glatfelter and our staff.. 

    Here’s a sample of “What’s New” and “What’s Continuing to be ‘Cool’”:

    •   “MORNING FLIGHT LAPS!” Daily, Before-School, Community-building,  Fitness-enhancing, Goal-Setting, Attendance-supporting, and Schoolwide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program!
    •   Extended Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) After-School Academic Enrichment Program! 
    • STEAM LAB/MAKERSPACE Make-Over!
    • Facilities (Day Quad) Make-Over including the Installation of Full-Court Basketball!
    • Dr. Lowry’s Monthly “COFFEE-TALK!/CAFECITO!” parent information meet-n-greets!
    • “Student-of-the-Month/Perfect Attendance/Flight Laps!” Recognitions Assemblies!
    • “DANCE FORCE!” Ballroom Dance Program RETURNS!
    • Associated Student Body (ASB) Student Leadership Fundraisers!
    • African-American Advisory Committee (AAAC)!
    • ROBOTICS and Other Clubs!
    • SCIENCE OLYMPIAD!
    • “Parenting Partners” Parent Education Workshops!
    • Robust Parent Volunteer Outreach and Volunteer Recruitment and Processing!
    • Monthly “Flight Press!” Newsletter in English and Spanish Languages!
    • DAILY Engineering and Arts Elective Courses!
    • And more!

     

    TOGETHER, we will continue to build our school into the Antelope Valley’s BEST (“AV’s BEST!”)...a model of high academic achievement, excellent citizenship, individual and social responsibility, and environmental stewardship for ALL of our children, families, friends, and neighbors.

    Remember to tell friends, family members, neighbors, and acquaintances… COME TO FULTON & ALSBURY! 

    Who’s got it better than us?  NOBODY! 
    #GoNighthawks!    #AVsBEST
    Appreciatively,
    Dr. Kurt S. Lowry
    (661) 899-7836 (STEM)
    LowryK@Lancsd.org

Phone: (661) 899-7836 (STEM)

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Degrees and Certifications:

● Granada Hills High School (Varsity Baseball Team, All League 2nd Team, Team Gold Glove) ● Los Angeles Pierce College (Associate of Arts Degree) (All Western States Athletic Conference 2nd Team Pitcher) ● B.A. and M.A., Speech Communication; California State University, Northridge (CSUN Div. 1 Baseball Team, Pitcher, 1991-1992) ● M.Ed., K-12 Educational Leadership and Administrative Services Credential, Principal Leadership Institute (PLI), University of California, at Los Angeles (UCLA) ● Ed.D., Doctorate in Educational Leadership (K-12); California Lutheran University (CLU)

Dr. Kurt Lowry

Here is some more information about me:

●      Born in Columbus, Ohio (Go Buckeyes!)
●      Moved to California as a baby with my family when my dad, who worked for Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) in Columbus, transferred to the Anheuser-Busch location in Van Nuys during the brewery’s expansion years
●      Lifelong SF Valley Resident (minus a few years as an adult resident of West Adams and Mid-City communities of Los Angeles wherein I served as a principal)
Education:
●      Granada Hills High School (Varsity Baseball Team, All League 2nd Team, Team Gold Glove)
●      Los Angeles Pierce College (Associate of Arts Degree) (All Western States Athletic Conference 2nd Team Pitcher)
●      B.A. and M.A., Speech Communication; California State University, Northridge (CSUN Div. 1 Baseball Team, Pitcher, 1991-1992)
●      M.Ed., K-12 Educational Leadership and Administrative Services Credential, Principal Leadership Institute (PLI), University of California, at Los Angeles (UCLA)
●      Ed.D., Doctorate in Educational Leadership (K-12); California Lutheran University (CLU)

Military Service:
●      United States Navy Reserve (1996-2006) - Intelligence Specialist (1996-1998); Commissioned Public Affairs Officer (PAO) (1998-2006); Final Rank Lieutenant; Honorable Discharge
Business and Public Service Experience:  
●      Countrywide Home Loans (Customer Service; Office of the President complaint response/research unit; Loan Servicing New Hire Trainer and Performance Consulting Team)
●      Intern, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Intern Program, Hon. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, United States Congressman, Washington, D.C.
●      Ameriquest Mortgage Company (Loan Servicing Division, Senior Trainer)
●      Owner/Founder/President - KidVestments sm (I teach Money and Investment Basics for Kids and Teens and Public Speaking Basics for Kids and Teens under contract at LA Pierce College since 2000).

Author:
“KidVestments Presents: ‘Money and Investment Basics for Kids and Teens: What America’s K-12 Public Schools Don’t and Won’t Teach our Kids!’”

Higher Education Teaching Experience: 
●      Graduate Student Teaching Associate, Department of Speech Communication, CSUN
●      Adjunct Lecturer, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Department of Speech Communication, CSUN
●      Adjunct Lecturer, Speech Fundamentals, Department of Speech Communication, College of the Canyons
●      Adjunct Lecturer, English Speech as a Second Language, LA Pierce College
●      Adjunct Faculty, Department of Teaching and Learning, Graduate School of Education, CLU 

K-12 Education Teaching and Administrative Experience:
●      Canterbury Elementary School, LAUSD, 5th Grade Mult. Subjects
●      Richard E. Byrd Middle School, LAUSD, 6th Grade ELA/History/SS
●      Leuzinger High School, Centinela Valley Union HS District, Associate Principal
●      Third Street Elementary School, Lanai Road Elementary School, Noble Avenue Elementary School, and Primary Academy for Success School (PASS) - Assistant Principal, Elementary Instructional Specialist (APEIS)
●      Founding Principal, Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Studies (Pre-K-5)
●      Principal, Crescent Heights Language Arts/Social Justice Magnet Elementary School (K-5)
●      Principal, John Muir Middle School (6-8)
●      Administrative Coordinator, Prof. Development, Secondary History/Social Studies (9-12)
●      Principal, Vine Street Elementary School (Pre-K-6)
●      Principal, Los Primeros School of Sciences and Arts (LPSSA) (K-8)
●      Director, Human Resources and Compliance, El Camino Real Charter High School (9-12)
●      Principal, Fulton & Alsbury Academy of Arts and Engineering (6-8)

Other Facts about Dr. Lowry:
●      I have stepped over the heads of two rattlesnakes without either snake even attempting to bite me.
●      I pitched three perfect innings in Little League Baseball (9 strikeouts in a row) immediately following the extraction of six teeth.  My coach asked my mom for more tooth extractions.
●      I nearly fell into the Grand Canyon from a loose gravel trail.  My brother reminds me of this when he’s mad at me.
●      I have catapulted off of an aircraft carrier. 
●      US Olympic Baseball Team 1984 starting pitcher John Hoover, an All-American from Fresno State who pitched the Gold Medal Game versus Japan, stayed at my house during the 1984 LA Olympics. 
●      One of my great uncles was killed on Guadalcanal during WWII and is buried at the Punch Bowl Cemetery in Hawaii.
●      One of my great uncles served in the European Theater during WWII and showed me confiscated Nazi weaponry, clothing, and gear, including a confiscated Nazi pit helmet.
●      I nearly missed a train ride years ago after noticing and then hurrying to pick up the fallen American Flag at the Chatworth metro station, folding it, and then placing it on a dedication marker next to the flag pole.  The teary-eyed Vietnam Veteran who gripped my shoulder and thanked me for picking up our flag after I boarded the train moved me immensely. 

Please contact me if you would like to schedule a tour of our campus and learn more about our special school and program offerings.
In service to all current and prospective Fulton & Alsbury students and families,

Dr. Kurt S. Lowry