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San Domenico School News & Events

#FacesOfSD - John Bowermaster


In order to share more of our amazing community here at SD, we offer this weekly #FacesOfSD to give you a chance to learn more about our faculty and staff. Today we are thrilled to introduce, John Bowermaster, Upper School Faculty Dean and English teacher.

Q. Full name?

John Robert Bowermaster (I was named after my uncles, Fred and Jack. Go figure.)

Q. Where were you born?

Coffeyville, Kansas

Q. Favorite word?

As colleagues will tell you, I cannot choose one word – ever. I love the English language and its texts, and wish I had become a philologist.

Q. What do you do here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of your job?

I teach and learn – not necessarily in any order. My current subjects are English and philosophy to juniors and seniors. As to my favorite part of the job, my students and my mentees and our daily interactions provide all the meaning I need.

Q. Which Dominican value inspires you the most this week and why? (Study, Reflection, Community, or Service)

 Even though, it seems to me, they are interrelated, I would say that study has characterized my life more than the others. However, as I have told a couple of friends, I am sauntering towards solitude, where reflection beckons on the horizon.  

Q.What is your ideal weekend?

Early morning black coffee at Peet’s followed by three or four hours reading philosophy, and then various cheeses on a sweet rustic baguette, another coffee, and then a Russian writer for the rest of the day. Hopefully a cold blustery wind will howl while reading. Evenings are devoted to oenology. (Am I allowed to say that?)

On behalf of all of your students and the few adults lucky enough to visit your class on occasion and be inspired by your wisdom, thank you. We are so grateful for all you bring to our school community John.