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Career to end; lessons to linger for Tim Owens

Owens honored as teacher of teachers

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For 29 years, Schenectady High School teacher Tim Owens didn’t just sneak lessons about critical reading into the heads of restless teenagers, but he taught teachers, too, often at the same time. Owens, who will retire in December, took on student teachers again and again throughout his career, teaching so many of them that he was awarded the Ruth E. Everett Award this fall by the New York State English Council. It has only been ...

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November 4, 2013
9:43 a.m.

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I was Tim's colleague at Schenectady High School for many years until I retired. When I was asked to lead the effort to bring the International Baccalaureate Program to Schenectady, I immediately sought out Tim to teach a second section of a course that is the heart of IB's curriculum, Theory of Knowledge. His choice was a no-brainer. Not only is Tim smart, he's a gifted lecturer with eclectic interests ranging from jazz to American History to alternative medicine. In other words, he was an ideal teacher for this critical course.

To his credit, Tim never imposed his style on his student teachers (now called interns). He encouraged them to find their own voices, which is critical for long term success in the classroom. Most teachers of Tim's calibre let their egos get in the way of good mentorship. They assume their success entitles them to clone themselves on their interns. As a supervisor of Union Graduate College's interns, I want to praise Tim for his forebearance as his interns struggled to develop their uniqueness.

Thanks for that, Timmy.

Fred Como

November 4, 2013
7:21 p.m.

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I was lucky enough to have Mr. Owens in 1994 for 10th Grade English. He had a different way of getting the message across, but to this day he is one of the teachers i remember from my less than stellar high school years. A gifted lecturer, he was indeed.