Cleveland’s Freshest Educators (part 2): Clifford Powell

‘In the words of Peter Parker’s uncle “With great power comes great responsibility.”’

This week’s feature: Clifford Powell
Assistant Principal, MC2 STEM High School, CSU Campus

We’ve interviewed some of the freshest educators we know. They operate from a place love, care, discipline and personal sacrifice on behalf of Cleveland's precious students. Let these stories honor ALL Cleveland teacher who do this important work every day!

Photo by Bivens Photography. Shirt printed at    Fresh Lab Cleveland   .

Photo by Bivens Photography. Shirt printed at Fresh Lab Cleveland.

Photo by Bivens Photography. Shirt printed at    Fresh Lab Cleveland   .

Photo by Bivens Photography. Shirt printed at Fresh Lab Cleveland.

 What got you interested in becoming a teacher/principal? 

I had a mentor that was a principal, and after watching him I felt like I could really be a leader that helped students reach their potential and eventually become leaders in their communities.

What might we catch you doing when you aren’t in the classroom?

These days I really enjoy spending time and playing with my kids.

Photo by Bivens Photography. Shirt printed at    Fresh Lab Cleveland   .

Photo by Bivens Photography. Shirt printed at Fresh Lab Cleveland.

 Why does high quality education in Cleveland matter?  

I am biased because I have lived in Cleveland my entire life.  I believe that there is a lot of talent and untapped potential in the young people in this city.  These kids deserve a quality education because they give so much to the city as far as talent, passion, and intelligence.  In my role at CMSD, I am blessed to witness this every day.  The city needs to give back in the form of providing a quality education for its students. 

What is the most challenging thing about your work?  

The most challenging thing about work is that you have a direct impact on the lives of young people.  If you don’t give your all at work, you can alter the lives of your students.  So many of us can look back at our school days and speak to moments that we’re really motivational (whether the experience was good or bad) or moments that were really discouraging.  You can scar a person for life or plant a seed that helps them grow.  In the words of Peter Parker’s uncle “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Photo by Bivens Photography. Shirt printed at    Fresh Lab Cleveland   .

Photo by Bivens Photography. Shirt printed at Fresh Lab Cleveland.

Each year Dee Jay Doc and more recently, Lee Harrill, guide all 9th graders at MC2 Stem High School in the process of producing their own songs for change.

The 2019 Fall/Winter line of hand-printed apparel from Fresh Lab Cleveland is dedicated to the educators of Cleveland students.