A Calling of Care
The Power of Words
A Heart of Service
Look Up, Look Out
Give What You Have In Your Hands
A Gift to Teach
So as an educator, I often hear stories of people who grew up knowing they wanted to teach. You know the stories of people lining up their dolls and toys and conducting school. Well, that is not my story. I never wanted to teach. My mother and many relatives were teachers, and I decided this was not the life for me. Until one day a family friend shared these words, “You have the gift to teach. Teaching doesn’t just happen in a classroom”. Those words have rung true in my life and continue to do so today.
It is important to know we all have gifts. Yes, more than one. When I embraced the gift to teach, I found the world to be the classroom. Armed with this information, I recall preparing my first classroom with items from stores and salvage yards. Anything that would make learning relevant, I wanted in my classroom so that learners could see themselves doing and being what those items sparked in their imaginations.
As I continued to learn and grow as a young educator, moving from middle to high school, I was in pursuit of knowledge that would make me a better educator. You know, the kind of teacher who could teach all children no matter where they lived or who their parents were.
That pursuit opened my heart and possibilities to innovation and individuals, like Ralph Draper, William Spivey, Andrea Fields, and Richard and Becky Dufour. These educators not only had the gift to teach but the guts to transform education. Refusing to look for labels and design for deficits, led me to teach for 30 years opening some of the nation’s most innovative schools with children who were at promise.
Regina Owens is an internationally recognized presenter and practitioner who specializes in creating a culture of connectivity and collaboration while utilizing systems thinking.
Through innovative solutions and emerging technologies, she coaches and supports educators and administrators in transforming and working as a professional learning community.
As a former teacher, director, and executive director of curriculum and instruction, Regina has served in rural and urban schools, guiding their transformation to professional learning communities that resulted in local, state, and national recognition.
She served as the principal of innovative schools in Texas, a Virtual School and the Early College Academy both operated under the professional learning community philosophy, ensuring high levels of learning for all students.
Opening one of the first online professional learning communities brought together Regina’s life’s work of connecting learners and their passions to the work of the real world.
Today she serves working to promote passion-driven learning and global competencies that results in developing a heart of service and connected communities.
Regina is an inspirational transformative educational leader who believes in the “Genius of And,” educating both the head and the heart.
Helping students and educators discover who they are, value others, and advance humanity fuels her work with teachers and administrators as they work to create systems that actualize an inclusive culture and accomplish their purpose—high levels of learning that results in being prepared for life.
Education & Credentials
Regina earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from East Texas Baptist University. She went on to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University and is currently working to obtain a doctorate in educational leadership from Dallas Baptist University.
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