Ms. Powell began her career in education in 1990 teaching 8th grade English at Martin Special Emphasis Middle School with the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD). In 1992, she joined the faculty at Mary Carroll High School, her Alma Mater, where she taught reading, dance, drill team, and English, later becoming a part-time assistant principal and then Carroll's Administrator for Academics and Accountability. After twenty-one years at Carroll High School, Ms. Powell was named the Secondary English Language Arts and Reading Specialist in CCISD where she worked with 20 secondary campus leadership teams, approximately 275 ELAR teachers, and 60 K-12 librarians. In 2016, Ms. Powell relocated to Temple, Texas where she joined the Travis Science Academy IB World School administrative team as an assistant principal. Ms. Powell now serves as a member of the administrative team at Temple High School.
Ms. Powell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas in Austin, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University. Currently, Ms. Powell is a PhD candidate at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.