Quite possibly, it’s the first and fourth graders at Windsor Elementary this year who will be having the most fun. Jacqui Powers is their teacher. A small group of 10 is her focus.
Powers has been teaching special education here since 1999. She loves the small number of students she gets to spend time with. She enjoys the challenges that face her at the beginning of the year that turn to success by the end of the school year.
“You get to know them better than if they were in a class of 30,” she says.
The small group learning is where the fun can come in. They’ve been known to color on top of the table with markers. When they are having fun, they are learning, and they don’t even know it.
“They get so excited,” Powers says. “It’s so fun to encourage them and actually see them making progress throughout the year.”
She works on improving reading, writing and math scores. She says she can get first graders at the beginning of the year without much knowledge of the English language and by the end of the year they are reading and writing. It really is amazing how children absorb so much knowledge so fast, she says.
“I love it at Windsor,” Powers says. “You can walk the halls and there is learning going on everywhere.”
With the brightly painted benches, educational posters and encouraging banners hung throughout the school, it’s easy to see why learning is everywhere. Not to mention Powers’ cheery, upbeat personality, which fits her position at Windsor to a “T.”
As she talks about her students, even those from last year, she glows. She has a spark about her that is contagious. Her ability to teach, guide and be a cheerleader for international and local students is apparent as her students describe her.
When not cheering on students at Windsor, Powers, who is originally from Carroll, loves to sew and enjoys her flower gardens. This is the first year she and her husband are empty-nesters.