Mr. Owens is entering his 4th year as a school leader. Prior to moving into administration, Mr. Owens served as an English and Reading teacher within various networks. Coming from the south side of Chicago, Roseland community, Mr. Owens witnessed the transformative power of education, and because of his academic performance, he was awarded the Golden Apple Scholarship, and then went to Roosevelt University where he majored in English, Sociology, and Secondary Education. In education, Mr. Owens hopes to provide rigorous instruction coupled with sociological awareness, as he knows the cost of further neglecting the students of whom deserve the best education. Mr. Owens received his Master's from The University of Chicago in Social Sector Leadership and Nonprofit Management. He is currently completing his doctorate at Loyola University in Educational Administration and Organizational Leadership.
In his spare time, he enjoys brunching, reading, traveling, playing volleyball, and being around his boisterous, large family - he’s one of 11 children. Mr. Owens truly believes that education can alter one’s life and trajectory, and it is because of this that he continues to push all to think through a transformative lens. Mr. Owens completed the Building Excellent Schools (BES) program in 2020, where he was able to work with leaders across the nation around school reform and leadership development. He used these skills as a turnaround principal on the westside of Chicago, reforming culture practices to be more restorative, infusing social-emotional learning and ensuring character building education for scholars. In addition to serving as a principal, Mr. Owens does consulting work, supporting school leaders and nonprofit executives around leadership cohesion, acceleration and growth, and strategic planning and performance management. He is excited to join the KIPP Journey Collegiate community preparing scholars to go to and through college!