Mrs. Gail Powers, Executive Director
Instructional Services & School Improvement
Career and Technical Education
The Halifax County Schools’ Board of Education approved the appointment of Gail Powers to the position of Executive Director of Instructional Services and School Improvement on Monday, August 6, 2018. Mrs. Powers has been an educator for 24 years and has served students in a variety of roles. She has been a high school marketing teacher, elementary school counselor, high school counselor, high school assistant principal, and a highly effective principal at all three levels in public education. She has also served and supported students with insecure housing needs at the district level. The experience from these roles provides a unique perspective that has shaped Mrs. Powers’ philosophy about teaching and learning. This philosophy is summed up in the following quote.
“Learning is better when it matters, [that is,] when the abstract is made concrete and personal” (Brown, Roediger, & McDaniel, 2014, p.11).
Powers earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, a Master’s of Education with a concentration in School Counseling from Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA, and Principal Certification from Western Carolina University. She is currently in the dissertation phase of an Educational Doctorate with a specialization in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In her spare time, which is rare, Mrs. Powers enjoys reading, shopping, and most importantly spending time with family.