On Saturday, April 30, 2016, Mr. Owens was recognized as the NC Outstanding 9-16 Educator in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education by the NC SMT Education Center.
Ben Owens is a physics and mathematics teacher at Tri-County Early College High School in Murphy, NC and a 2014 Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow. He earned degrees in physics and mechanical engineering, respectively, from North Georgia University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. After a 20-year career with a multinational corporation at manufacturing and R&D locations across the U.S., he got his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Marshall University and then left the private sector in 2007 to teach in rural Appalachia. He is passionate about retooling education to better connect the classroom to what happens in today’s global, knowledge-intense economy. Ben is TCEC’s lead teacher and coordinator of their Project Based Learning program. He is a Center for Teaching Quality Virtual Community Organizer, a North Carolina New Schools’ Champion for Change, and recipient of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Center’s 2016 Outstanding 9-16 Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education. Ben is also a member of the National Science Teachers’ Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.