Dr. Katharine Donner Owens was a professor of teacher education at the University of Akron in Ohio, specializing in middle-level math and science. Recipient of the university's highest honor, the "Outstanding Teacher-Scholar" award, Dr. Owens also co-authored The Good Earth, a textbook for teaching earth science to non-science majors, published by McGraw-Hill. Previously, she served in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. As a former seventh-grade teacher of earth science at Pascagoula Junior High School, Dr. Owens shared her enthusiasm for scientific discovery. "I am dedicated to helping my students to be enlightened decision makers, productive adults and future caretakers of our earth," she said. A teacher since 1967, Dr. Owens received a Christa McAulliffe Fellowship in 1991, and was named Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of Mississippi for 1991. She was also co-author of the Scientist in the Classroom Project 1991-1992 and was selected by NASA as Mississippi's Alternate Teacher in Space.
1967 Nazareth College of Rochester, B.A.