Bishop Ward High School

Exciting News From AOF

“I am eager and prepared to take on the role as the Director of Bishop Ward’s Academy of Finance.  The philosophy of AOF’s parent organization NAF (National Academy Foundation) is a personal ideology of mine regarding education.  If schools are able to not only offer but also encourage small and focused learning communities, than they can provide a bridge between education and the business world.  This bridge gives students and businesses a chance to build a partnership.  This partnership affords the opportunity to ignite the student’s passion for learning and prepares them to be college and career ready.   I look forward to good things from our incredible students,” said Lori Dowd.

Dowd finished her 31st year teaching in the Business Department at Bishop Ward. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She also has a Masters degree in Education Park University. 

During her teaching career at Bishop Ward she has been involved as founder and coach of the dance team taking them to the London New Year’s Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

She was the Peer/Natural Helper coordinator from its inception in 1987 until the present day.  She was also senior sponsor for 20 years and coordinator of the Be Active in Self Education (B.A.S.E) program through Bishop Ward and District 500 from 1996-2011 presenting across the nation at several youth conferences. 

She was named the Educator of the year 2006-2007 by the Kansas City, Kansas Rotary Club and the Educator of the Year for 2012-2013 by Junior Achievement of KCMO. 

“The Academy of Finance is one of Bishop Ward’s finest programs and I couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to lead this program than Lori. I am excited for where she will take this program and what it means for our students who are involved,” said Bishop Ward President Fr. Thomas Schrader, O. Carm.

The Bishop Ward High School Academy of Finance connects high school students with the world of financial services and personal finance, offering a curriculum that covers banking and credit, financial planning, global finance, securities, insurance, accounting, and economics. The Academy of Finance at Bishop Ward has 80 students who have committed three years of their high school education to go beyond their rigorous classroom curriculum to be positioned for a life of financial literacy. This Academy is the only private school among 28 states and the Virgin Islands, which is a part of the National Academy Foundation and the only Academy in the state of Kansas.