Scott Bowman, Principal at Rancho San Joaquin Middle School in the Irvine Unified School District, has been named Orange County Region Principal of the Year and received the Silver Medal from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Bowman has served as principal at Rancho San Joaquin Middle School for the past two years, and for nineteen years prior, he was the physical education teacher. During that time, he developed innovative programs such as Memory Lane, where he incorporated games small children play, such as hopscotch, into the program. Other programs he developed included Medieval Times and Circus Skills. Bowman was one of the first teachers in the country to have a heart lab, filled with cardio equipment to help keep kids' hearts healthy, and developed sport specific workout programs in his weight room. He also teaches Kinesiology at California State University Los Angeles, Fullerton, and Long Beach.
On October 7, he participated in Walk to School Day by walking from his home in Lake Forest to Rancho San Joaquin Middle School in Irvine. The 8.23 mile long walk took him 2 hours and 17 minutes. Following Bowman's example, many students who would normally get a ride from their parents, walked to school on the same day. He likes to make physical fitness fun and incorporates that into his own life.
The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports sponsors the Spotlight Awards program for principals, teachers, schools, parent-teacher associations, park and recreation departments, special events, and other organizations. Two other Orange County area schools were given awards, including the Buena Park School District, which was named an Orange County District Champion for Fitness, and Columbus Tustin Middle School in the Tustin Unified School District was named Orange County Region School of the Year.