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Owen Kinney

Science Department Head

Owen Kinney has taught science at the Upper School since 1999 and serves as head of the department. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Berry College and an M.S. in Ecology from the University of Georgia. During his tenure at Darlington, he has been recognized with several teaching honors, including the Beachum, Awsumb, and Betts Master Teacher Awards. Owen was also named a Toyota International Teacher in 2006, and in 2010 he received a Fulbright Award to study Education for Sustainable Development in Japanese schools. He and his wife, Rebekah, professional development coordinator at Darlington, are the parents of Ian (’17), Elliot (’19) and Noah (’23).

Contact Information
AP Environmental Science
College Education
B.S. Berry College
M.S. University of Georgia

Episode 160: A Look at Darlington Robotics

May 2, 2024
In this episode, Science Department Head Owen Kinney talks with juniors Ansel Enverga, Linda Pan and Javin Pandya about the Darlington robotics team, including their recent trip to the World Championship, the life-skills they're gaining from their involvement on the team and more. 

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Episode 134: Department Head Spotlight: Owen Kinney

November 2, 2023
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with Science Department Head Owen Kinney about his history at Darlington, his goals as department head and much more. This is the first in a new series highlighting each of Darlington's department heads.

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Kinney named Grosvenor Teacher Fellow

May 10, 2023
Science Department Head Owen Kinney is one of 50 highly respected educators to be selected for the 15th cohort of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Society Grosvenor Teacher Fellows.

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Episode 90: Year in Review

December 29, 2022
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with academic department heads Cristy Baldwin (world languages), Brian Inman (history), Owen Kinney (science), Al Shorey (math) and Melissa Smyly (English). Together, they recap the 2022 calendar year, sharing accomplishments and noteworthy moments from within their departments, their extracurricular activities, and their own personal research and professional development. 

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Spend spring break in the Galápagos Islands and Quito, Ecuador

July 21, 2022
Darlington students, families, friends and alumni are invited to spend spring break in the Galápagos Islands and Quito, Ecuador with Science Department Chair Owen Kinney. The 11-day trip will depart March 4 and return March 14, 2023.

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Episode 65: A Look Into Summer Faculty Professional Development

July 7, 2022
In this episode, Professional Development Coordinator Rebekah Kinney talks with fourth-grade teacher Carrie Watterson, Director of Fine Arts Kim Tunnell and Upper School Science Department Chair Owen Kinney about their summer professional development activities. They share about each of the work they have been doing within their departments and how it has prepared them for the coming school year. 

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Episode 42: A Look Into Upper School Robotics

January 27, 2022
In this episode, Science Department Chairman Owen Kinney talks with sophomore Charlie May about Darlington's Upper School robotics program. The team, known as the DarBots, reacently finished in first place at a FIRST Tech Challenge tournament, which qualifies them to move on to the state competition. 

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Podcast Episode 1: A Look Into the Senior Ventures Program

April 1, 2021
Welcome to Episode 1 of The Darlington Podcast where we take a look into the Senior Ventures program!

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Insect Expo

September 21, 2020
The fifth-graders were excited to present the 2020 Insect Expo in the Ledbetter Commons.

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BioBlitz Challenge

Upper School | Owen Kinney, April 21, 2020
As spring brings sunshine and blooms to our yards, many of us are rediscovering the wonders of biodiversity in Northwest Georgia. The BIOBLITZ CHALLENGE is a community-wide field assignment that encourages us to develop our STEAM skills, like species classification, scientific observation, and digital photography.

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