Started at GCSC, Now principal of Wewahitchka Elementary School
Alumna Tracy Bowers grew up in a small town, but harbored big dreams of helping others as a teacher. She heard good things about Gulf Coast Community College (now Gulf Coast State College), from her mother who also attended.
A liberal arts major on the Panama City campus, Tracy worked as a student assistant for the dean of students— a great experience for her future career. She actively participated in events hosted by the Student Activities Board and was a member of the Black Student Union.
The first time I arrived at the College with a high school recruiter, I knew it was the right choice for me. Everyone was cordial and friendly and after I attended, I found it to be true. I loved it!
Tracy earned her Associate in Art degree from Gulf Coast State College in 1990. Like many Gulf Coast alumni, she then transferred to the University of West Florida to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership.
I enjoyed being in a classroom where teachers really cared about you. They took the time in class to make sure that all students understood the material, and you could always go to their office after class for additional assistance.
Not only did Tracy land her dream job as a fourth-grade teacher, she is now one of the top teachers in Florida. In 2014, Tracy earned the District Teacher of the Year award for Gulf County, then was named a Florida Shine Award recipient by Governor Rick Scott. A few months later, she was promoted to principal of Wewahitchka Elementary School.
Today, Tracy still values the education she received at Gulf Coast State College.
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I will never forget the indelible mark that all of the teachers at Gulf Coast made in my life. They were supportive, caring, provided one-on-one help and knew me by name. They have truly made an impact in my life.