5th, 6th, & 7th Grade
Mr. Owen teaches 5th and 6th grades. He comes to us with 22 years of classroom experience and an additional sixteen years of administrative experience. Most recently, he retired from Hutchinson Public Schools. He also achieved tenure in both Leavenworth and Shawnee Mission Public Schools. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Kansas, a Master’s Degree in Education from Webster University, and Educational Specialist in Administration from University of Missouri Kansas City; Plus licenses in the areas of Elementary Education (K-9) and Building Administration (preK-12) with recognition from KC Architecture Association for integrating Architecture in Reading, Language Arts, Science, Math, and Art as well as nominated by a student for “Teacher Who Makes a Difference” from Kansas City Chiefs.
He is a member of the Mennonite Church and has two adult sons. He belongs to the Kansas Association of Retired School Employees. He has served as a member of Horizon Mental Health Board of Directors and lately in the position of vice-chair. He volunteered twice a week tutoring inmates for their GED at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
What do I like to do in my spare time… read, collect coins, travel to places I’ve not yet been, visit with family, assist my sister who is 10 years older to the same day. She is the reason I needed to return to the Kansas City area. I like walking in nature as that is when I feel closest to God.
What does St. Paul Lutheran mean to you… St. Paul allows me to be closer to God as I have had to be discrete about my religion for 38 years of public school teaching and administration. I can pray openly and ask aloud “What would Jesus do?” I feel closer to my grandfather who was a Lutheran having migrated from Denmark. He was a Sunday School Superintendent for years in the Lutheran Church. This is what St. Paul has provided me which fulfills me spiritually. I’m surrounded by a Christ loving staff at St. Paul.
The best part about following Jesus… would be emulating a kind, caring man who extended himself to others. Teachers are disciples of Christ and walk in Jesus footsteps teaching, showing the way, working with unwanted, loving everyone. Learning can be vulnerable for some students and with Christ I am able to turn that around to provide a positive learning experience. The best part is when there is a collision in life (hard problem, crisis) Jesus is with me, coaching me all the way to work with our most valuable possession, our youth. I am doing God’s work.