Newton High admin elected to PAGE board

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COVINGTON -- Newton High School Assistant Principal Sandra Owens will keep busy again this year.

Owens recently was elected to a second three-year term on the Professional Association of Georgia Educators' board of directors; in 2009, she was selected to fill the unexpired term of a board member.

She will represent District 11 in PAGE, an 81,000-member organization that meets quarterly to set policy for the association; District 11 is comprised of 13 counties in east and central Georgia and includes about 7,400 teachers, administrators and support personnel.

"Dr. Owens is certainly an asset to PAGE; moreover, she is an asset to Newton High School and the Newton County School System," said NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews. "She is amongst those who are professional, conscientious and an advocate for student learning and powerful teaching."

Owens has been a member of PAGE since 1998 and also has worked as a teacher and assistant principal at Clements Middle School while in NCSS; she also serves as director over the NHS Academy of Liberal Arts, which is a partnership with Oxford College. She has a doctorate degree in teacher leadership and is both a National Board Certified Teacher and a Georgia Master Teacher.

"Dr. Owens is an accomplished educator who has the best interests of students in mind," said NHS Principal Craig Lockhart. "She is an advocate for high-quality teacher performance as well. I am honored to work alongside her as we strive for increased student achievement and more effective teaching at Newton High School."

Owens became a National Board Facilitator for PAGE in 2003 and a PAGE System Representative for Newton County in 2006. She has been a member of PAGE since 1998.

As a member, Owens has opportunities to attend educational conferences and workshops that help build her teaching strategies and leadership skills, she said.