• McGowan at Staircase

    Instructor: Traci McGowan
    Email: traci.mcgowan@tumwater.k12.wa.us
    School Phone: 360.709.7691
    Phone Number: 360.889.1124 (text)


    Period 1: Digital Photography
    Period 2: Digital Photography
    Period 3: Planning
    Period 4: Yearbook
    Period 5: Digital Photography
    Period 6: Digital Photography




     Digital Photography - Yearbook

    Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year! 

    I am excited to meet you all IN PERSON and have great school year. This year is exciting as I will be teaching all Digital Photo (and of course yearbook). My classroom is in B-6.

    Mrs Who?

    McGowan - mah- (like your mom) gow- (rhymes with cow) ann. I mean technically it's mick-gow-ann but that is surprisingly difficult to say. So just get it close, I'm not picky. And I actually prefer if you just drop the formal Mrs part and just call me McGowan.

    This is my 21st year of teaching (what?) and my 5th year at THS. I spent 16 of those years teaching at Yelm Middle School and although I loved my time in Yelm and at the middle school level, I was really ready for a change. I am so happy that I made the move and I love teaching at Tumwater High School!

    I'm originally from Nebraska (Go Big Red!). I attended Arizona State University (Fork 'Em Devils!) where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Graphic Design. After working in the "real world" for a few years, I made the move to the Pacific Northwest and I decided to get my teaching credentials. I attended St. Martin's University (Go Saints!) and received my teaching certificate. I have a Masters of Education from City University.

    When I'm not at Tumwater High School, you can find me outside - hiking, backpacking, cycling, taking photographs or just sitting in the sun reading a good book. I have a Mr. McGowan at home and we have one son who graduated from Cal Poly and lives & works in California.

    2 summers ago I hiked the John Muir Trail in California. The trail is 211 miles long and starts in Yosemite Valley and ends on the summit of Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the lower 48). This has been a dream of mine for a very long time and I finally made it happen - DREAM BIG and DO HARD THINGS!

    mcgowan whitney summit