The Teacher Spotlight is a weekly piece where we feature our leaders at Melissa Schools. Check back each Monday during the school year to meet a new teacher!
This week’s Teacher Spotlight shines on Brittany Owens from Melissa High School, nominated by Principal Kenneth Wooten. Coach Owens teaches Professional Communications and Journalism, and coaches JV Cheerleading. This is her third year in Melissa. Coach Owens’ Journalism students will launch a school newspaper in January titled The Red Banner.
Learn more about Coach Owens below!
I decided to become a teacher when I was in second grade. My teacher was Ms. Terrell and she was a perfect example of an exemplary educator. She made learning fun and would always use positive and encouraging words if I was struggling with math or spelling. She gave me my passion for reading and writing. As I got older, that passion turned into a college major, and now into a career. Ms. Terrell always pushed us to go further, dig deeper, and question the world around us. Even though I was young, I knew I wanted to be like her.
My favorite lesson to teach is a Supreme Court study involving the top 10 cases that impact teenagers. This is one of the first projects that my journalists complete, and they always enjoy exploring national topics that apply to them. When the groups present their case to the class, it always turns into a debate, which I love! The students like to present arguments for both sides of the case, argue the final ruling, and justify how our community can use these cases to improve our school district.
My favorite core value would be Integrity. Becoming a journalist is not an easy task to accomplish. You have to become comfortable expressing your opinions in a professional manner and be open to judgment and criticism while writing editorials. In some situations you have to write about topics that can go against your beliefs, which still has to be completed in a truthful light. To me, journalists must have a strong sense of integrity in order to build a positive and reputable career.
My favorite thing about being a Cardinal is getting to watch students grow as they complete high school. Students go through so many changes while they are here. I like knowing that I can possibly play a small part in students’ lives as they make decisions that will impact their future. From choosing which college to attend, picking an area of study, joining the military, or choosing to start a career, I have the unique opportunity to be a part of it all. Additionally, I love getting to adopt a new set of students every year. They become my children, even if it is only for a short period of time. I get to make connections with students that will last even past graduation.