Hello! My name is Eden Owens. I teach 6th grade reading here at White Oak Middle School. I began my teaching career in 1997 at Pine Tree Middle School teaching 5th grade reading/Language Arts. I was hired by White Oak ISD in 2006. I taught 5th grade reading at White Oak ISD until 2014. After teaching 5th grade reading for seventeen years, I decided to do something a little different, so I moved to 4th grade in 2014. I took a few years off to work at our place of business at Owens Paint & Body and to do some traveling to watch my son play college baseball for University of Arkansas in Little Rock. In 2017, I returned to 5th grade reading at White Oak. Then in 2021, I moved up to the middle school to teach 6th grade reading.
I was born in Longview in 1973. I attended my kindergarten and 1st grade years at Gladewater ISD. My family moved to Longview, and I went to Pine Tree 2nd grade through graduation. Upon my high school graduation, I enrolled at Kilgore Junior College, then transferred to UT Tyler. I earned my bachelor’s degree majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with specializations in reading and English in 1996.
I remember playing school with my friends and even my stuffed animals when I was a child. I always wanted to be the teacher. Playing the role of a teacher became more of a reality during high school when I started teaching gymnastics and cheerleading at a local gym. It was this experience that made me realize how much I enjoyed teaching and working with children. I knew working with children was my calling.
Not only did I recognize what I wanted to do as a career when I was in high school, but I also met my best friend and the love of my life. Homer Owens was a senior at White Oak High School when we met in 1989. We married in 1992 and moved into a duplex together here in White Oak. I fell in love with the small, comfortable town. In 1995 we started our family with the birth of our son, Hunter Owens. Then the birth of our first daughter, Jade Owens, came in 1997. In 2003, another daughter, Bailey Owens, was born. In November of 2019, my son married Brittany. In October of 2020, my daughter, Jade, married Jacob. In May of 2021, Hunter and Brittany had a baby girl, Josie Layne. Jade and Jacob are expecting their first baby, a daughter – Hadley Joann – in September 2022.
In May of 2022, we moved out to Lake Hawkins! We are loving the lake life!