Town Square

Post a New Topic

I went to Harvest Park a long time ago but it still has one great teacher I know is still there

Original post made by Harvest Park Alum, Pleasanton Meadows, on May 16, 2009

Mr. Bowen was a science teacher when my 'I don't need school since I'm going to be a professional baseball player' attitude walked into his biology classroom in 1987. He was funny, smart, and a good ball player himself. He challenged me to get an 'A' and that's what I needed. Anyway I got the 'A', never made the pros and ended up a biology major at the University of Colorado. Without him I don't know where I'd of ended up. Instead I ended up back where I started from. When you are from Pleasanton that's not a bad fate. If your kid has had him you and your child are lucky. If you can get your kid in his class, do whatever it takes. A great teacher, man and mentor. Thanks Mr. B.

Comments (4)

Like this comment
Posted by Another HP grad
a resident of Downtown
on May 17, 2009 at 8:32 am

Mr. Bowen is still there. Both of my kids had him for science and thought he was terrific.

Like this comment
Posted by Dorene Paradiso
a resident of Civic Square
on May 18, 2009 at 10:34 am

Do any of you know if Mr. Bowen has a Father of the same name, who taught Science and Biology at San Lorenzo High in 1965? The two of them seem to have similar teaching qualities.

Like this comment
Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 18, 2009 at 1:27 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

I had Mr. Bowen! If I remember correctly, he'd make people sing "I'm A Little Teapot" as a consequence or something. And I think his hall pass to go to the bathroom was a regular size stool. I remember having a hard time understanding biology to begin with, but the way he taught made it so students could understand and do fairly well on the tests/homework assignments. Great teacher!

Like this comment
Posted by Betsy
a resident of California Reflections
on May 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I had Mr Bowen at the old Pleasanton School and then my kids had the pleasure of having him at Harvest Park in the last couple of years. You will be happy to know he is as crazy as ever and just as much of a treat for the students. They both always came home with crazy Bowen stories and enjoyed his classes. And as a parents he is just as strict of a teacher as he has always been. To be able to have such high standards and be such a great fun teacher cannot be an easy task!

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Why I'm now supporting Bernie Sanders
By Roz Rogoff | 24 comments | 1,451 views

Call Alice ...
By Tom Cushing | 13 comments | 631 views

Getting Organized for Your Junior Year in High School
By Elizabeth LaScala | 0 comments | 518 views