Dr. Owens taught junior high students in Chicago prior to teaching at DePaul. She enjoys teaching the Children’s Literature course and spending time in schools with her students. She currently serves as the editor of the highly regarded Illinois Reading Council Journal . She is a sought after speaker on topics ranging from visual literacy to Dr. Seuss . She has managed over $1 million in grants related to teacher development, technology, and literacy.
- PhD in Curriculumand Instruction-Literacy, University of Illinois at Chicago
- MEd in Curriculum and Instruction- Literacy, University of Illinois at Chicago
- BS in Elementary Education, DePaul University
- EE 347 Children's Literature
Children's Literature, Technology and Reading/Language Arts, Aural Media, School/University Partnerships, Catholic Schools
Awards and Honors
DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award
DePaul University Spirit of DePaul Award
DePaul University Excellence in Public Service Award
Illinois Reading Council Hall of Fame
Illinois Reading Council Parents and Reading Award
"Everything I Learned About Life and Literacy, I Learned from Dr. Seuss" presented at various conferences.
"I See What You're Saying": Using Visual Images, Multiple Genre, and Varied Text Structures to Expand Literacy Engagement" presented at various conferences.