Ms. Teresa Owens
Instructor, Special Education
Office: 235 School of Education
Ms. Owens first came to High Point University as an adjunct instructor for Special Education in 2008. Ms. Owens retired from Guilford County Schools in August of 2013 serving students with disabilities and their families for 33 years. Ms. Owens earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Special Education from Appalachian State University.
Ms. Owens began her career in Lexington, NC as a teacher of preschool students with disabilities. Ms. Owens served in High Point City Schools and Guilford County Schools as a special educator at Ferndale Middle and Northwood Elementary Schools. During the years she worked in the classroom, Ms. Owens was selected as Outstanding Young Educator by the High Point Jaycees, Educator of the Year by the ARC of High Point and Teacher of the Year by Northwood Elementary School.
Ms. Owens moved from the classroom into a supervisory position as a Program Facilitator for Exceptional Children Services and then a Program Administrator. Since 2005 Ms. Owens served as Coordinator for Exceptional Children Services in Guilford County Schools. In this capacity she was responsible for the development and support of short and long-range goals and objectives for the improvement of system wide instruction for students with disabilities. Ms. Owens was also responsible for the compilation and submission of data and reports required for the Continuous Improvement Plan for Guilford County Schools.
Ms. Owens has served as an Ex-officio member of the Exceptional Children’s Parent Advisory Committee, with Guilford County Schools since 2005. She has served on multiple project teams for the school district including PACE (Personalized Achievement, Curriculum and Environment), School Reform, and BAT (Building Advisory Team) for Haynes-Inman Education Center, CJ Greene Education Center, Herbin-Metz Education Center and the Allen Jay Preparatory Academy. She is a member of NCAE and the Council for Exceptional Children and also provides consultative services to districts and charter school sites. Ms. Owens currently serves on the Board of Directors for the NC Council for Administrators of Special Education as the representative for higher education.