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St Pius Catholic Teacher of the Week

6:02 PM, Dec 1, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- She stays late after school almost every day of the week to help her students. St. Pius Catholic School fifth-grade teacher, Markeisha Powell is our Teacher of the Week.   

St. Pius Catholic School is one of the oldest schools in Duval County. The small school has been around for 88 years. Powell teaches the entire fifth-grade class - 13 students and has taught the same students for two years now, through fourth grade and now fifth.

"I love her. She's very nice and she loves to interact with us when teaching," said fifth-grader Taylor Ford. 

"She's nice and she doesn't give me just any grades. She gives me what I deserve," adds fifth-grader Michael Baldwin.

Baldwin's mother nominated Powell for Teacher of the Week because she said Powell is a very caring and loving person; she stays after school several times a week to help students with their homework.

"We have study hall on Mondays and Wednesdays, and I started it because I felt there were a lot of students in my class who needed reinforcement after school," said Powell. 

On the days she's not staying late with her students, Powell coaches cheerleading. "Teaching has to be something from your heart. You have to love what you do and then the kids will love you for it," said Powell. 

Powell has taught for a total of five years. She became a teacher because she was inspired by one of her teachers in school and hopes to be the same type of inspiration for her students.

First Coast News