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Covington Catholic principal Bob Rowe named 2022-23 Outstanding Project Lead the Way Administrator

Covington Catholic High School administrator Bob Rowe is one of 11 selected from across the U.S. to have earned the 2022-23 Outstanding Project Lead the Way Administrator award, recognizing outstanding educational leaders for their commitment to providing students with meaningful learning experiences through PLTW programs.

Rowe, who has served as an administrator at Covington Catholic for 15 years, is being honored for his work in the PLTW Engineering program.

Bob Rowe (Photo from CCHS)

“Mr. Rowe is truly an educational leader in our school and educational community,” said Bob Lind, Director of STEM Programs at CCH. “Administrators from schools across three states have reached out to him for guidance on implementing an exceptional STEM program. More importantly, his passion for educating our students and his genuine concern for them makes him an exceptional leader.”

As principal at Covington Catholic High School, Rowe has led the expansion of the school which included multiple additions and facility upgrades as well as the $3 million Dr. Anthony Zembrodt STEM and Fine Arts Center.

Rowe’s vision to build a STEM program using the Project Lead The Way curriculum helped prepare students for real-life challenges and work experiences.

“We saw a demand for the skills that were needed for students to succeed in the STEM-related fields,” Rowe said. “Therefore, we knew it was essential to adopt a strong curriculum, hire an excellent staff, and construct a state-of-the-art facility to make this possible. We were blessed to receive several significant private donations and our community rallied around us to make this dream become a reality.”

Covington Catholic’s program includes four credit courses as well as a Robotics program that has sent teams to the state tournament each year since its inception. In 2022, the CovCath Robotics team won their first Kentucky state championship as well as the US Open and took second place in Worlds Tournament amongst 12,000 teams from 40 different countries.

“PLTW educators do incredible work facilitating learning experiences that help inspire and prepare students to reach their full potential,” said Dr. David Dimmett, PLTW Interim President and CEO. “This award acknowledges and recognizes their accomplishments in continuing that. We congratulate them and are proud of the work these educational leaders do to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond the classroom, no matter what career path they choose.”

For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, vist issuu.com.

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