Cowell is a lifetime educator and has served the last 14 years as a school administrator at the secondary level, first as assistant principal, and currently as a Middle School Director of Instruction in Cypress Fairbanks ISD. Prior to her experience in school administration, Cowell was a dance team director for 23 years in Brazosport ISD. During this time, she received the Secondary Teacher of the Year Award from Brazosport ISD, Director of the Year Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Dance Educators Association (TDEA).
In addition to her role as an educator, Cowell is a past president of TDEA and served as the TDEA Scholarship Chairman since 1996. She remains actively involved as a contest adjudicator and an adjudicator for the Dance Educators Assessment of Learning.
Cowell has established two endowed scholarships for the dance program and dance students at Texas State University. She also recently funded the lighting renovation project in the Jowers Center Dance Studio.
Cowell graduated from Texas State in 1983, where she was President of Delta Zeta, member of Student Foundation and the Bobcat mascot. She lives in Houston with her husband, Chip.