By Amy David
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — The people Jane Bowen works with each day are what she enjoys most about her job. In January, Bowen started her third year as superintendent of the Moore Norman Technology Center.
“The staff is amazing and I love the students, as well,” Bowen said.
She said seeing what the talented people who work here are doing in the classroom and how students are benefiting is exciting.
Each year, through various educational and training programs, the school serves more than 50,000 people.
“I want Moore Norman to continually stretch to provide quality training to as many students and customers as possible,” she said.
Before coming to Norman, she served as superintendent of Northwest Technology Center, with campuses in Alva and Fairview.
Norman is a special community, Bowen said.
“Everybody has been so nice and welcoming to us,” she said.
Bowen said she was raised on University of Oklahoma football and loves the Norman area.
She and her husband, James, attend McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church and are looking forward to retiring in the area.
“If we retire,” she said.
Bowen enjoys Mexican food, only one cup of coffee in the morning and loves to read any kind of self-help or leadership book.
“I find those fascinating. That might be strange, but I love that.”
Her other hobbies include exercising, musicals and plant gardening.
The grandmother of two, Bowen grew up in Hobart. She said she enjoys visiting with others and getting to know those around her.
Bowen has been in education since she was 22. She has taught at the high school and college levels, counseled students, been a coach’s wife and worked in financial aid, among other positions.
Each day, a stone plaque on her office windowsill reminds her she is “The First.”
Bowen is the first woman superintendent for Moore Norman Technology Center.
Oklahoma has 29 technology centers in the state. Only MNTC and one center are led by women.
Bowen said she is a proponent for women in leadership and enjoys mentoring others.
“I hope that I am a role model for other females to see they can be a leader,” she said.
Bowen said the transition has been smooth. Anytime you change superintendents, it is going to be different and people have to get to know you and what kind of person you are.
Bowen said she is passionate about her job and the importance of education.
“I really care about people and want to make a difference in people’s lives. That is why I am in education,” she said.
Bowen said the community is supportive of the technology center and she strives to be engaged in the community, as well as encouraging her staff to do the same.
Through strategic planning, she and other school and community leaders are working to affect the area’s economic development with new programs and implementation of technology that will engage students, ultimately benefiting everyone.
Bowen said the school focuses on making learning relative to students and giving them more opportunities while helping them become career ready and college ready.
“Oklahoma’s Career Tech system is recognized as one of the best models for career and technology education in the nation and possibly the world. I believe that Moore Norman is one of the best, if not the best technology center in our state.”
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