NEWaukeean of the Week

Becky Owens

"Milwaukee has the perks of a big city without the drama."

By - Oct 12th, 2015 12:48 pm
Becky Owens. Photo courtesy of NEWaukee.

Becky Owens. Photo courtesy of NEWaukee.

What is your job and its responsibilities?

I am a School Leadership Coach with Schools That Can Milwaukee. My primary role is to support school leaders in defining their academic “north star,” creating systems to analyze data, and defining action plans to help their schools thrive. It’s exciting to be part of a unique city vision that puts kids first. I love working with the amazing school leaders in our city across all sectors (traditional district, charter, and Choice).

How long have you lived in Milwaukee & what brought you here?

I grew up in the Milwaukee area, but spent the last decade living in New York City and California’s Bay Area. After many years living on both coasts, I moved back to my hometown last year because I was inspired by the education work in our city and wanted to be part of the movement for educational equity in my hometown.

What is your favorite Milwaukee event?

There are so many wonderful Milwaukee events that I love such as: the Bay View Farmer’s Market, MAM After Dark, Jazz in the Park, Milwaukee Film Festival, and many more! This summer, my favorite was the NEWaukee Sailing Club Event. We got to spend the evening on a beautiful yacht, meeting new people, and exploring the city from a different view.

What is your favorite Milwaukee beer?

Milwaukee has so many great breweries! My current favorite is Lakefront IPA. I’m also really excited for Pumpkin Beer Season coming this fall.

How does Milwaukee vary from other cities you’ve lived in/visited?

Milwaukee has the perks of a big city without the drama. After living in NYC, I so appreciate the amazing cultural events and restaurants but with easy parking and coffee shops where you can always find a seat. 

Where do you see Milwaukee in five years?

Downtown Milwaukee and the near-downtown neighborhoods are growing and thriving. Milwaukee is a great place for young adults to live and work. In five years I really hope Milwaukee has found a way to spread the progress and prosperity throughout the city and the neighborhoods. Milwaukee has the potential to be truly great if we can continue to build on the momentum we have in improving the education system and are committed to not leaving behind any of our neighborhoods.

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