Claude Powell thought he was ready to retire a year ago.
It didn’t take long for him to realize that he wasn’t finished influencing young people.
So, when Cecil Strong left the McDuffie Achievement Center last year to become principal at Thomson High School, Powell came out of retirement to accept the vacated position.
“In my heart of hearts, I feel like I can still make a difference in a kid’s life,” he said.
Powell always wanted to work with young people. A desire to coach youth sports led him to pursue a career in teaching.