Degrees and Certifications:
Hello! My name is Karen Powell and a proud teacher of first grade Knights!
I have been teaching since 1997. I have lots of experience as a Classroom Teacher, Reading Recovery Intervention Teacher, and Elementary Literacy Coach. I am passionate about teaching literacy. I love books, reading and writing! First grade is my absolute favorite grade to teach. I love seeing young students develop into independent learners and thinkers. I also love helping my students develop their creativity and problem solving skills. I plan many lessons which incorporate inquiry, the arts, literacy, and problem solving.
I am a product of Rock Hill Schools and graduated from Northwestern H.S. – go Trojans! My undergraduate degree is from Winthrop University and I hold a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University.
My husband Shawn and I have 3 beautiful girls. Carson, Chloe, and Carly Ann (who will be a first grader at MGES this year). We also have a dog named Max and a cat named Tom Dooley. We are looking to add a new puppy to the family this summer.
I love kids and I love teaching! I am looking forward to a fabulous year with my Firsties and their families!
Karen Powell, MAEd.
1st Grade Teacher
Mount Gallant Elementary