Early on, Leanna Range Owens always knew she wanted to be in the classroom. The Jackson native went to Callaway High School before college at the University of Mississippi. Owens earned a bachelor’s degree in business and went on to earn a master’s degree in education. While she taught in Memphis, she decided she would love to be an elementary school principal. “But i just didn’t think that would be possible for me,” she sighed. Owens spent five years in the classroom at St. Andrews, teaching second and fifth grade before taking her dream job – as St. Andrews lower elementary principal. “This is a dream job for me. I love going into the classroom and watching the teachers in action, and I love watching the children learn. Owens credits her success to the strong support group she has with her colleagues, family and friends.“ Because they care about me, they’ll be the first to tell me when i’m not doing something right. It’s good to have a support group that I can count on to be honest with me.”