Meet October’s KFM Teacher of the Month

October’s KFM Teacher of the Month is Teresa Powell, a 7th grade English teacher at Churchill Junior High in Galesburg. Teresa was nominated by former student Camellia Schwartzman. As KFM’s Teacher of the Month, Teresa receives the Big Red Apple Award along with a $100 gift card courtesy of Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments and 105.3 KFM. Here’s a little bit about Teresa Powell:

Where did you grow up? Galesburg
Years teaching: 30
Favorite Subject Growing Up: Reading/Language Arts
Favorite Subject To Teach: Reading/Language Arts
Favorite Food: Mexican
Least Favorite Food: Anything seafood
My Favorite Movie: The Notebook, Rudy, Freedom Riders
My Favorite TV Show: Texas Flip N Move
My Favorite Book: Just about anything
My Favorite Sports Team: Silver Streaks of course!
During My Spare Time I Like To: Working Out, Spending time with family & friends

Here’s what Camellia had to say about Teresa:

What sets this teacher apart from others? I am a freshman at GHS. Ms. Powell was my 7th grade English teacher when I was at Churchill JHS. Ms. Powell was a strict teacher, I’ll be honest. I took her for granted when she was my teacher. She made me push my limits to show and present my best work. She told us to keep pushing the bar and never back down. She has high standards but they are not unreachable. I pushed myself so I could reach high standards and excel in writing.

What is one thing this teacher does that is not in their job description but they do it anyway to help you or your child? Ms. Powell was very helpful and made us elaborate on our thinking process. Instead of giving us the “out of the textbook” answers and questions, she made learning alive, active, and engaging. For example, one of the assignments that was given was to read the “Outsiders” by S.E. Hilton. After the book, we wrote a persuasive essay for whom was to blame for the death of one of the characters. We also had a debate in class where we had to bring in evidence to prove our point to our classmates.

Give an example of a way this teacher has helped or impacted you or your child. Being in Ms. Powell’s class has allowed me to hone in on my writing. It is more composed and collective rather than just a handful of random thoughts put together. Ms. Powell made us do different projects and they were always different than what we would normally do. She allowed me to be creative in my thought process and let me bring my learning forward. Being in her class helped me better understand and comprehend what I was studying. I made 3-D models of a map for a book report, a scrapbook from a specific character. As a class, we even put together video presentations on “The Essential 55” by Ron Clark.

Congratulations Teresa for being named October’s KFM Teacher of the Month from Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments and 105.3 KFM!