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Ms. Powell

Since graduating from Loyola University of New Orleans, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of educational settings and with a diverse group of students.  My first full-time teaching job was with the New Orleans Job Corps Center where I taught pre-GED reading. In 1993, my husband and I moved to Maine where my teaching positions ran the gamut from adult education instructor to ESOL aide.  We moved yet again in 1995 to Gadsden, Alabama where I taught English and French I and II at a magnet school in an economically disadvantaged community. 

In 1997, we made the move to Charlotte County, and I have been teaching at Lemon Bay High School ever since.  Currently, I teach Advanced Placement Literature- a dream course for any English teacher in that we read, write about, and discuss literature in an atmosphere of collegial scholarship.  I also have the privilege of teaching   AICE English General Paper, a demanding course which will provide a foundation for future AICE and  Advanced Placement courses. In addition,  I teach the AP Seminar course, where students explore perspectives and research and develop solutions to investigations of their choice.  On the extra-curricular front, I am the National English Honor Society Sponsor and  Creative Writing Club sponsor and assistant for the Shout Out at the Bay poetry slam.  You will also find me tutoring after school in the media center. 

I love being a student myself.  I enjoyed it way back when, and I do now.  About English, we never say, "That's it; I have mastered it." English transcends time and place; English never goes out of style.