Fairburn history teacher selected as Fulton County Teacher of the Year for 2015.
Each spring, every Fulton County school is invited to nominate outstanding educators based on teacher, staff and parent input. These professionals are then evaluated a second time through a classroom visit and interview, and one finalist is announced from each of Fulton’s geographic Learning Communities – Northeast, Northwest, Central and South. From that list of four, the Overall Teacher of the Year is chosen.
It’s our pleasure to introduce you to this year’s winner: 2015 Teacher of the Year –Jameda Owens of Bear Creek Middle School. Owens is a social studies teacher at Bear Creek Middle School in Fairburn right here in South Fulton. She believes that teaching allows her to be part of history as it is created.
Owens is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and received her master’s degree in social science education from The University of Georgia. Additionally, she was certified as a specialist in educational leadership in 2013, the same year that she started to teach in Fulton County. She plays several roles at her school. Her students call her “coach” in addition to educator of gifted and talented students. Owens has emerged as a leader amongst her peers as a presenter for professional development and using technology in the classroom as a teacher of distant learners.
“Teaching provides me with a front row seat to the journeys my students take in learning something new, and it provides something of a crystal ball into the future,” says Owens in her Teacher of the Year nomination application. “Right now, if I were to visualize my current students, I see engineers, moguls in the making, horticulturists, lawyers and even teachers.”
This vision inspires her to make sure that lessons are relevant for all learning types, from the student who needs to touch and feel an object to learn from it, to the student who can learn from just listening and observing.
“I believe my ability and attempts to both relate and personalize my students’ learning has contributed to the success that takes place in my classroom. When lesson planning, I try my best to take mental pictures of my students. I try to cater to the various types of learning styles in my room,” she says.
Bear Creek Principal Anthony Newbold recognizes that her impact goes beyond the classroom and serves as a model for others in the school. “As a teacher-leader, Mrs. Owens understands the vision of shared accountability, use of best practices, continuous improvement, and data analysis for student achievement. Furthermore, she believes in providing equal opportunities for all students in preparation to succeed in a global society,” he says.
In addition to being a stellar educator, on a more personal level, Owens married her soulmate, football coach Terrone, and lives with her husband and toddler in Jonesboro. Owens is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. She stands as a shining example of excellence in our community. Owens is a woman of great faith. Her humility shines through as she continues to achieve in her field. She has truly made her mark in the lives of her students.