Ottawa Senators April 2024 Teacher of the Month

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Ottawa Senators April 2024 Teacher of the Month


Nicole Powell


W.O. Mitchell E.S.

Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

I have 2 amazing kids and an awesome cat named Shadow! I have been teaching for 24 years! I have been at the same school for 23 years, which is a very long time to be at one school! I am currently teaching Grade 5 and Grade 6. Throughout my career, I have taught Grades 2-11. I always wanted to be a Marine Biologist so I went to school for Marine Biology. During my second year, I decided that I wanted to be a teacher. When I was younger, I was a lifeguard and swimming instructor and always loved being with kids. I finished my degree at Dalhousie and then went to Ottawa University to become a teacher. I was very fortunate to get a job right away. I love teaching because I love being around the kids! Outside the community, I help out with my daughter’s hockey team and I tutor kids.

What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?

I LOVE hockey so Future Goals is great! My students love working on the different activities! I like how the program is set up and that it doesn’t cost money to use it. Thank you! I play hockey so we have a Ms. Powell’s hockey STATS in my classroom which the kids love! We do a drumroll and then I put a tally under WIN/LOSS/TIE. STEM is used in the game of hockey. Angles in Spatial Sense. The puck being shot off the boards. Math calculating averages of saves, goals for, goals against, etc.

Who is your favorite NHL player?

Then I would say Chris Neil and Daniel Alfredsson. Chris Neil actually helps coach my nephew’s hockey team and the kids and parents love him! Then I would say it was Mark Stone and Pageau when they played for the Sens.
Now…I would say Brady Tkachuk. I think that he is a great leader and a great player. I LOVE the SENS!

If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?

I played hockey when I was younger and then stopped when I went away to study Marine Biology at Dalhousie University when I was 18 years old. I was an on-ice helper with both of my kids when they first started playing hockey.
I decided to start playing again 5 years ago. I absolutely love it! The position I play is defense. I love trying to prevent the other team from scoring!