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Pontiac High assistant principal honored with Excellence in Education award

Pontiac High assistant principal honored with Excellence in Education award
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Dr. Letha Hopkins-Powell, an assistant principal at Pontiac High School, has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

Hopkins-Powell will be awarded a plaque, $1,500 cash prize and a $500 grant for her classroom. The Excellence in Education awards are given out weekly. One teacher from the pool of winners is honored each year with the Educator of the Year award, receiving a $10,000 cash prize.

Hopkins-Powell is known throughout the district for providing for her students in multiple ways, such as assisting with clothing needs or taking hungry students home for a warm meal, according to a release.

“I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people. I truly believe all students can learn when they know someone believes in them and loves them,” Hopkins-Powell said in a statement.


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She’s been an educator with the district for the past 32-years.

“When I see students who are struggling and are ready to give up and need that extra push or extra help, I want to be there to help them put forth effort and let them know I’m here for them, because if they believe they can succeed,” Hopkins-Powell said.

Hopkins-Powell earned her bachelor’s degree in television production before going on to earn two degrees from Wayne State University: a master’s degree in elementary education and a doctorate in educational administration.

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