My name is Heather Powell and I teach 6th grade earth science. I attended Kennesaw State University for both my Bachelor’s degree and my Master’s degree in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in math and science. My specialist degree is from Brenau University, also in Middle Grades Education science and math.
I started teaching in 1997 at the original Chapmen Elementary School. I have taught 6th grade science, reading, math, and even language arts. I have also taught 8th grade math, reading, and physical science. I was at Chapman Elementary School until Carmel Elementary School was built, and the entire student body, faculty, and staff moved to the new location over one weekend. Friday, we were at Chapman, and Monday, February 21, 2000 we were at Carmel! In 2007, I decided that the middle school is where I wanted to be, and was fortunate enough to transfer to E. T. Booth. When we moved to the new building in 2013 (thankfully, not mid-year), I volunteered to return to teaching 6th grade.
Technology is a major component in my classroom. Students can expect to complete at least one Minecraft EDU project this year as I was part of the Minecraft Adoption Program started in 2018-2019. It is not a new thing for me to be one of the first to learn new technology. I was also one of the small group of teachers that piloted the Canvas Learning Management system. It has been my pleasure to have been a part of many of the CCSD technology initiatives over the years. These programs include InTech and Webtech training, Teach 21, Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE), and I am a certified MIEC teacher (Microsoft Innovative Educator Classroom).