Karen Powell is originally from a small town in upstate New York but has lived in North Carolina for 21 years. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Math from SUNY Cortland before relocating to North Carolina. After teaching for one year in the Nash-Rocky Mount school district she moved to the Lake Norman area where she has taught for 20 years in Cabarrus County. In those 20 years she taught 5th grade for 10 years, 8th grade Social Studies, and then helped start Winkler Middle School, teaching social studies and math while holding several leadership positions. Powell served as the 6th grade chair, Professional Learning Community (PLC) chair, represented 6th grade on the Leadership team, Safety team and interview committees. She also received numerous leadership trainings: Crucial Conversations, new teacher mentor, Gifted Local Endorsement for Educators, and International Bachelorette (IB) Professional Development. In addition, Mrs. Powell attended UNC Charlotte to earn her master’s degree in Reading. Mrs. Powell felt God calling her to leave Cabarrus County and join the GCA family. She is excited to embark on this new phase in her teaching and leadership career.
Mrs. Powell lives in the Lake Norman area with her husband, Chad and their two boys. Brent (18 yrs) is a recent graduate from Hopewell High School and plans to attend CPCC in the fall. Ryan (12 yrs) is a 7th grader at GCA. As a family they enjoy exploring new sights with their camper, playing family games as well as watching movies.
Mrs. Powell is excited for the opportunity to build students academically while not sacrificing the truths of God’s word. She wants to develop spiritually strong students who will develop into mature Christians willing to stand strong on the belief of God’s word and their identity in Christ.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”