Position: Consultation Teacher
School: University High School
School District: Volusia County Schools
City, State: Orange City, Florida
About the Nominee: Dr. Stephanie Owens is a highly skilled, dynamic, dedicated, and results-oriented professional. She has more than 20 years of experience working with diverse student populations; she espouses a passion for helping children and guiding them toward potential career paths. Dr. Owens has a knack for motivating students and staff to achieve their own personal best in whatever they do. Her mission to help others is evident in the actions she has taken at University High School. In her current position, she facilitates the school’s food pantry which she founded three years ago; in addition to University High School, she collaborates with other local schools and outside organizations to provide necessities for University High's homeless and at-risk students. Her working knowledge of school and community resources helps students in difficult situations concentrate on their studies. More importantly, she advocates on behalf of the students' families, who are often going through financial struggles. She works diligently to make connections for and establish relationships with the homeless and at-risk population on campus and in the community.
In addition to helping students, Dr. Owens assists faculty members by implementing innovative strategies that work well in both independent and collaborative work environments. She conducts extensive research on new concepts and methodologies to solve classroom issues and, as a result, has earned a tremendous amount of respect among her peers. Whenever a staff member has a problem or crisis, they feel comfortable seeking out Dr. Owens' assistance because she is reliable and exercises sound judgement. She motivates the faculty to do their best work by facilitating school-wide training sessions and providing one-on-one coaching to her colleagues. She is a true LifeChanger to everyone she meets!