By Zach Armstrong

PRINCE GEORGE, Va -- N.B. Clements Junior High School teacher Jenny Powers received the 2020 Drs. Singh and Bhuller Tri-Cities Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from The John Randolph Foundation, Prince George County Public Schools announced Tuesday.

            The award’s recipients are outstanding educators in the community and motivates them to enhance their teaching skills. With the establishment of the award in 2002, Powers became the 18th recipient of the award.

            Eligible candidates are exceptional teachers in Prince George County or Hopewell public schools who, if awarded, receive a $4,000 grant to enhance their teaching skills in the profession.

            “My greatest accomplishment as an educator is giving students the confidence to believe in themselves and to challenge them in a way that makes an impact on their life,” Powers, who teaches Algebra 1, said in a press release.

            Powers, who has been with Prince George County Public Schools for a dozen years as an algebra teacher, is determined to create equal access for students and her grant application includes devices that will improve student’s learning experience in her classroom.

            “Prince George County Public Schools is proud of Ms. Powers and congratulates her on receiving such a worthy recognition,” Division Superintendent Dr. Lisa Pennycuff said in a press release. “We are thankful to our community partners at The John Randolph Foundation for all they do in our county. They recognize the importance of education and take an active role in supporting our teachers and community through their programs.”

            Bonnie Falls presented Ms. Powers with the award during the Prince George School Board meeting on Sept. 14.

            “Education is one of the Foundation’s core missions. By supporting our teachers, we are creating new pathways to a healthy community and bright futures for generations to come,” Ms. Falls said.