Carol Powell, Class of 1979, developed her love of teaching while participating in the work/study program at the Child Development Center at USC Upstate. The experience gave her first-hand experience of working with small children and led to her desire to pursue a career in education.
After graduating cum laude, Carol worked for three years three years as a day care director. The opportunity to teach psychology and French at Chesnee High School presented itself and Powell immediately fell in love with teaching and hasn’t left the classroom since. She now teaches ninth grade world geography and directs the Service Learning / Internship Program at Chesnee High School.
Carol has excelled so much in her profession that Carol was named the Teacher of the Year for Spartanburg School District 2. She is always quick to give praise to her professors at USC Upstate for enabling her to be successful in the classroom
“Many of my professors at USC Upstate impacted my life,” said Carol. “Carol Smith taught adolescent psychology with such enthusiasm that I found myself considering teaching as a career.”
She also puts her teaching talents to use in her personal life by serving as the children’s director at Arrowwood Baptist Church in Chesnee, SC. Additionally she has passed her love of teaching to her daughter Megan Bush who teaches at Mayo Elementary School. Her son Tyler is a student at Spartanburg Community College.
When asked how Carol enjoys spending her leisure time she replied, “I love spending time with my family, especially my husband Tony, my children, and my precious new grandson, Isaac. I also enjoy being involved in church, school, and community activities.”
She has a long list of community and civic involvement. Cathy has served in many capacities at Arrowwood Baptist Church including Acteen Director, Bible School worker, and Children’s Director. She has also served on the School Improvement Council, as Student Council Sponsor, and on the Board of Directors for the Senior Citizens Center in Chesnee. Through the Chesnee High School, she has coordinated fundraising activities for charities such as the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Christian Children’s Fund, Kids for Kids and for many needy children within the school and community.
“Through my work as service learning and internship coordinator, my students have completed group service projects for the Downtown Rescue Mission, the Children’s Shelter, and Greater Spartanburg Ministries,” Carol said. “I have also worked with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program through Chesnee Elementary School.”