By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 13, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Leon County's Teacher of the Year was announced Wednesday morning, and friends and family joined in on the special surprise.
"She is an asset, a talent no matter where she would be," said Chiles High School principal, Joe Burgess.
Burgess recruited Jennifer Powell from Deerlake Middle School to work at Chiles. Powell teaches government and economics.
"She’s a winner every day. She has innovative lessons, she's a tireless worker, and she’s a team player. She is a value to education," Burgess said.
After 11 years in the classroom, Powell finally got that recognition.
"Overwhelmed, and I felt so supported and loved," said the Teacher of the Year.
Powell's students gave her a standing ovation. Staff members say Powell gives her all every single day, and the students are her number one priority.
"I just believe in hard work. I think that being part of a team is important. Relationships matter so much to me, that's my philosophy of education. If I can form relationships with the kids, the parents, and our administration, wonders can happen in and outside of the classroom," Powell said.
"Just to represent our district who has embraced me for the last 11 years, I’m so honored," Powell added.
Powell is now eligible to compete in the statewide Macy's/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Program.