Mrs. Tara Owens: Primary School Head

FullSizeRender-4Mrs. Tara Owens is a kind and intelligent woman who has loved working with children since she was a teenager. She started working with young children at seventeen and instantly became interested in having her future job revolve around children. Mrs.Owens has always been very passionate and caring about children and their education.
She was born in Michigan and grew up in Northern California. She got her undergraduate degree in Michigan and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada for her graduate degree. She spent her last 17 years of work in Las Vegas. For the first 7 years, she worked in student services at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as an academic advisor. After, she worked for 10 years as an administrator for young children at an independent school then, just this past June, she relocated here to Atlanta, Georgia.
Mrs. Owens passion for children was influenced by her father. Her dad was a physiologist who always gave Mrs. Owens and her sister his undivided attention. He would always sing fun songs with them and come up with fun activities for them to do together such as “Taco Tuesday”. Looking towards her dad as a role model, Mrs. Owens decided she wanted to bring the same love for children and learning that he had brought into her life.
Now, Mrs. Owens loves working at Walker. She says she’s in the “exploratory phase” and is trying to figure out more about Walker’s culture. As an administrator, she has many one-on-one meetings with teachers, the head of school, the head of lower school, and Walker’s child development specialist. She tries to plan for future events and think about how the school and its curriculum can be improved to benefit the children. After events occur, she takes time to reflect on them and think about what can be done differently in future events.
Outside of work, Mrs. Owens loves swimming, surfing, cooking, baking, playing with her daughter, and going to the beach!
Although, working with children is her real passion. She says, “my favorite part about my job is hands down working with the kids, being around them, being in the lunchroom every day and just having those fun conversations with them, and helping them grow socially”. Overall, Mrs. Owens is a great fit for the Walker School’s Primary School Head.