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Nichole Bowman (SD '21)


T.F. Riggs High School
Pierre, SD

Subject(s) taught: Mathematics
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Nichole Bowman was:

T.F. Riggs High School
Pierre, SD

Subject(s) taught: Mathematics
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Nichole Bowman delights in the challenge of helping every student succeed in math. Bowman recently moved from Georgia Morse Middle School to T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, South Dakota, where she is teaching many of the same students she had previously for eighth grade math. Bowman embraces a growth mindset, celebrating learning from mistakes and navigating learning curves to push every student to perform at higher levels. Students come to Bowman’s classroom with widely varying abilities, so she invests significant time and energy in differentiation, using personalized and small-group instruction to move students through the curriculum at their own pace. During the pandemic, Bowman welcomed algebra students to her online platform, answering questions via email and Zoom. Bowman’s strategies have delivered remarkable results: At her previous school, nearly half of Bowman’s eighth graders scored at an advanced level on the statewide assessment in math.

Bowman has worked with the South Dakota Department of Education (SDDOE) on reviewing and revising state content standards in math. She led regional best practices workshops for math educators. Bowman also represented her district in work with the department to explore policies to address the needs of the district’s increasingly diverse population. At Morse, Bowman led the eighth grade team, advised student council, helped the building leadership team develop strategies to deal with increased enrollment, mentored new teachers, and supported struggling students in a designated “Lifeguard” role.

Bowman’s support for students goes beyond classroom walls. She knows how important it is for students to see their teachers outside of school and makes a point of showing up at concerts, athletic events, or whatever students are involved in. Bowman encourages colleagues to consider every decision through one key lens—whether it will benefit students.

Bowman earned a bachelor’s in mathematics in 2007 from Northern State University.

Press release: Embracing a Growth Mindset Earns Pierre Math Teacher Nichole Bowman a $25,000 Milken Educator Award

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Nichole Bowman In The News

Award-Winning Alumna to Speak At NSU Spring Commencement Ceremony
Northern State University  |  Apr 17, 2023  |  Aberdeen, SD

LISTEN --> Pierre Teacher Nationally Recognized as Great Educator
South Dakota Public Broadcasting  |  NPR  |  Apr 05, 2022  |  Vermillion, SD

NSU Alumna Wins Prestigious Milken Educator Award
Northern State University  |  Apr 01, 2022  |  Aberdeen, SD

LISTEN --> Two South Dakota Teachers Receive National Excellence Awards
South Dakota Public Broadcasting  |  NPR  |  Mar 25, 2022  |  Vermillion, SD

'A Changemaker in Education:' Armour Native Bowman Earns 2021-22 Milken Educator Award
The Mitchell Republic  |  Mar 23, 2022  |  Mitchell SD

Riggs Teacher Receives 'Oscar of Teaching'
Capital Journal  |  Mar 23, 2022  |  Pierre, SD

LISTEN --> Two South Dakota Teachers Have Received a National Milken Educator Award.
South Dakota Public Broadcasting  |  NPR  |  Mar 23, 2022  |  Vermillion, SD

Pierre Math Teacher Nichole Bowman Earned the $25,000 Milken Educator Award
KSFY-TV/KDLT-TV  |  ABC/NBC/FOX  |  Mar 22, 2022  |  Sioux Falls, SD

LISTEN --> Pierre School District Teacher Of The Year Nichole Bowman Awarded $25,000 Milken Educator National Award
KCCR-FM/AM  |  Mar 22, 2022  |  Pierre, SD

Pierre Math Teacher Nichole Bowman Named National Milken Educator Award Recipient
KGFX-AM:  |  Mar 22, 2022  |  Pierre, SD

WATCH --> A Milken Award Goes to a Pierre Math Teacher
KCLO-TV  |  CBS  |  Mar 22, 2022  |  Sioux Falls, SD