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Powell Named District Teacher of the Year

Sheffield Junior High School’s Sandra L. Powell was named the Sheffield City School District Teacher of the Year. Powell has spent two years at the junior high school with eight years total in education. The educator won the award amongst the four schools in the district. Initially, Powell was named Sheffield Junior High School Teacher of the Year before writing an essay to submit for the district award. With each of the four district schools represented in the essay portion, Powell earned the honor. “Besides being completely shocked, I am honored to be chosen as the teacher of the year for Sheffield City Schools,” Powell said. “Obviously, this past year has been a challenge for not only our students but also our educators. In addition to navigating the challenges that come along with being a middle school adolescent, or a teacher of middle school adolescents, we at SJHS have plowed through the COVID-19 challenges and thought of new and innovative ‘ways to do education,’” Powell stated. “We received our Cognia STEM certification during a pandemic. This was a whole team effort including students, parents, and community--not just one person. “I feel that this speaks to the dedication and passion of all of the teachers and staff at Sheffield Junior High and Sheffield City Schools.” Powell added, “Being a part of this team has been rewarding and definitely a growing experience. I may have been chosen as ‘Teacher of the Year’ but anyone of our faculty at SJHS could have been given this award, especially this year. “The extra efforts and the passion that has been displayed by all SJHS teachers shows our commitment and determination to positively impact our students and assist them in becoming all they deserve to be,” Powell commented. “Our culture at SJHS has evolved over the past few years to not only provide our students with education on paper, but for them to become great people who will go out into the world and make a difference, no matter their circumstances.” The educator added, “In spite of the challenges of a pandemic, the collective efforts of our Sheffield faculty are making a difference in the lives of our students and I'm honored to represent those efforts as the Sheffield Teacher of the Year.” Three other teachers were recognized as Teacher of the Year for their respective schools. Earning the honor were W.A. Threadgill Primary School’s Pamela Collier, L.E. Wilson Elementary School’s Amanda Wilson and Sheffield High School’s Morgan Murray.