Von Dohlen, Heidi -- Principal, Ed.D.

Owen Middle Principal 
Dr. Heidi B. Von Dohlen 


I have been an educator for 25 years.   I have lived and taught in Spain, NY, VA, Japan, CA, and NC. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Business Administration from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, NC, in 1990; and my Masters in Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the State University of New York, New Paltz, NY, in 1995. I earned my doctorate in Educational Leadership at Western Carolina University in 2012. My dissertation was Teacher Leadership Behaviors and the Use of Proactive Influence Tactics in North Carolina public schools.  I am a firm believer in teacher leadership in our schools.  Our teachers are our educational experts, innovators, and problem-solvers.   As I work with students, my goal is to help them to grow as honest, trustworthy, and hard-working young people. I work to impart the importance of community and responsibility. Careers and jobs may change in our lives, but our character always stays with us.  Working together with the guardians of students is an important part of my work.  It truly takes a village to raise a child, and I've found great support from the parents and guardians of students here at Owen.   We've got a great school community.



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