Jim Owen
Jim OwenEarly Elementary Principal

Meet Our Principal

I am extremely humbled to have this opportunity to be your Mattawan Early Elementary School principal.   This will be my 34th year as an educator, with my last 23 years in the Battle Creek Lakeview School District, serving as a middle school and elementary principal, and the past 10 years as the Curriculum Director / Assistant Superintendent for Instruction. During the middle of the 2018-19 school year, I filled in as the interim principal of the middle school for several months.  After returning full-time to my central office position, I couldn’t get the thought out of my head of returning to a building as a principal.  I missed being a part of a school family; the daily interaction with students, staff, and families. When I spoke with people about the opening at the Early Elementary, they all described the incredibly supportive Mattawan community, the awesome students and families, and the nurturing, caring family culture of the school.  I couldn’t have found a better fit.

My undergraduate and graduate degrees are both from Western Michigan University, with my Bachelor of Science in K-8 teaching and my Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.  I have taught and been a principal at both the elementary and middle school levels.  I believe my experiences as a teacher, a principal, and a central office administrator will be beneficial in supporting the students, families, and staff at the Early Elementary.

My wife, Cindy, and I have been married for 30 years, and have four adult children who all reside in Michigan; two boys, Phil and Connor, and two girls, Emily and Madison.  We also have our first grandchild, Holland Rose, who turned one in January 2020.  Our non-work time for most of our married life has revolved around being there for our kids during their K-12 and college activities.  In May 2019, after 20 plus years in our previous home, Cindy and I moved to Lake Doster in Plainwell.  We’re learning to balance work and multiple home projects with as much time together on the lake as possible!

I’m looking forward to being a part of the Mattawan School Community. 

Please feel free to contact me at (269)-668-3361 ext 1680 or jowen@mattawanschools.org.

Jim Owen
Mattawan Early Elementary Principal