Phyllis Owens

Assistant Professor of Education

Education

M.S. in English, Radford University ‘78
B.S. in Education, Concord University (Majors: English and Library Science) ‘67

Bio

Professor Owens joined the Bluefield College family in the fall of 2006 as an instructor in the Division of Education; in 2011, she was promoted to Assistant Professor. Prior to coming to Bluefield College, she had an extensive career in public education where she taught English and writing. Owens earned accolades as county teacher of the year, finalist for WV teacher of the year, WV Language Arts Teacher of the Year and an Ashland Achievement recipient. Additionally, she was published in Adjunct Mentor, Writing for Success, WV English Journal and The Quarterly, a National Writing Project publication. An affiliate with the WV Writing Project, Owens traveled throughout West Virginia as a consultant; she was also the WV director of Project Outreach that allowed her to be a national consultant for teaching writing and professional development. Upon arriving at Bluefield College, Owens began working with Dr. Donna H. Watson to achieve national accreditation for The Teacher Education Program, and she continues to be actively involved in the promotion of the program.  Proud of her Appalachian heritage, Owens was involved in Bluefield College’s Symposium in 2012 and continues promoting Celebration of Appalachia.  While at Bluefield College, Owens enjoys mentoring student teachers and inspires them saying, “Have high expectation for your students, but have even higher expectations for yourself.”

Jennifer Thorn

Administrative Assistant, School of Education

Krista Turner

Assistant Professor of Education

Donna Watson

Professor of Education; Dean, School of Education

Education

Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA, 2005
M.S. in Secondary Education, Radford University, Radford, VA, 1983
B.A. in English, Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA, 1980, Summa cum Laude

Bio

After graduating from Bluefield College in 1980 and teaching in public schools for 16 years, Dr. Watson came back to her alma mater to work as an Adjunct Instructor in Education, delighted to work with her former professor, Dr. Gerald Clay. Upon completing her doctoral degree in 2005, she became full-time faculty; and in the following year, she was named the Chair of the Division of Education upon Dr. Clay’s retirement.  In August 2012, she became the Dean of the newly formed School of Education.  Dr. Watson’s years of teaching mathematics in middle school in neighboring McDowell County, WV, along with providing professional development for teachers in the region, provided a strong foundation of authentic experience for teaching the education courses.  Her dissertation, Learning Mathematics in Central Appalachia: Life Histories of Beginning Elementary Teachers, connected a research base to that rich experience in public school teaching.  Dr. Watson’s enthusiasm for teaching is often evident, such as when she dresses like a triangle to read aloud a children’s book, when her students make paper in science methods class, or when she tries out a new recipe to share with the student teachers.  Always intrigued by innovative teaching strategies, she models the use of technology tools and hands-on manipulatives for learning.  But most of all, Dr. Watson believes that caring is an essential quality for good teaching; she often tells the student teachers at the end of seminar each week, “Now go out to spread goodness and light.”