Bexley High School Social Studies teacher Scott King-Owen has been selected as the 2018 Bexley Educator of the Year Award. The award is presented annually to a Bexley educator whose leadership, dedication, extraordinary achievements and commitment to the classroom and the community have made a difference in children’s lives. Sponsored annually by the Bexley Education Foundation, the award is funded by the Glick Family Endowment for the BEF at the Columbus Jewish Foundation.
Dr. King-Owen was surprised in his classroom on Wednesday, April 25 by members of the BEF Board as well as community members who read from nominations received from parents, students, former students and colleagues. Dr. King-Owen will be recognized publicly and presented with a $1,000 cash award and an engraved, commemorative apple at the Bexley Education Foundation’s Annual Meeting on May 9, 2018.
In nominating Dr. King-Owen, known as “DKO” by students and parents alike, for the award, parents, colleagues and former students describe him as a brilliant teacher who cares deeply for his students. He was described as “the kind of teacher who can unlock passion from any student” by “creating a classroom environment that is engaging and incredibly exciting.” Dr. King-Owen has been known to break out in song or act a scene or scenario to engage students in his A.P. United States History and African-American History classes.
A highly respected member of the Bexley High School Faculty, Dr. King-Owen is known for his extensive knowledge of his subject matter, his incredible work ethic and the ordinate time he spends preparing and organizing his teaching lessons. Beyond the classroom, Dr. King-Owen serves as the faculty advisor to the Social Justice Club and the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). Along with his Social Studies Department colleague, Michael Featherstone (the 2014 recipient of the Bexley Educator of the Year Award), Dr. King-Owen was part of a recent program for Bexley High School students titled, “Americans Up in Arms: Political and Psychological Perspectives on Gun Violence.
In the community, Dr. King-Owen presented his research on local African-American history during a program hosted by the Bexley Minority Parents Alliance this past December. He is also an active member of the Bexley Choral Society.
Dr. King-Owen received his BA and MA from the University of North Carolina and his PhD from The Ohio State University. He was a graduate teaching assistant in Ohio State’s History Department and previously taught in the New Hanover County Schools in North Carolina before he joined the Bexley Schools in 2011.
The selection committee for this year’s Educator of the Year Award was chaired by BEF Board member Drew Stark and included members of the BEF Board of Governors and representatives from Capital University, and the community at large.
Past recipients of the Educator of the Year award include Marge Galloway, Jeff Schneider, Jim Tatman, Karen Haylor, Donna Taylor, Ken Steward, Scott Logsdon, Carole Ennis, Eric Acton, Terry Black, Molly McCarrick, Sonja Hutchison, Rose Blanchard, Lisa Viney, Linda Kelley, Amy Johnston Blosser, Amy Dunn, Michael Featherstone, Julie Horger, Michelle Hipsley and Rebecca Rhinehart.