Department of Science Chair Analice Sowell was named the 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. Established in 1990 through a generous bequest by former Lower School Principal John Murry Springfield, the award is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.
Headmaster Pete Sanders presented the honor to Mrs. Sowell in chapel, commending her inquisitive mind and her passion for teaching and learning. A chemistry and materials science instructor, Sowell joined the faculty in 2007. In 2014, she was honored by the senior class with the John M. Nail Outstanding Teaching Award.
In 2014 she was also honored by her alma mater, Christian Brothers University, with the annual Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. Last week CBU recognized her again, as the school’s Department of Education presented her with an Outstanding Alumnus award.
As an active member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Mrs. Sowell is equally well-regarded by her science peers outside the Memphis community. Last year, the American Society of Metals Materials Education Foundation awarded her the Kishor M. Kulkarni Distinguished High School Teacher Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of a high school teacher in the United States who has demonstrated a significant, long-term impact on students.