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North Carolina State University- Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Mrs. Jess Dove

Fourth Grade Teacher

Mrs Dove is both a parent and educator at Powell. She began her education journey as a substitute teacher at Powell during the pandemic and found that education was her true calling. She studied Exercise Physiology at East Carolina University and Biochemistry at North Carolina State University. Mrs Dove strongly believes in Powell’s magnet theme of play and ingenuity and has two children currently at Powell. Finding fun in all things is her life goal and she enjoys sparking curiosity in her students. Mrs Dove has been married to her husband Chuck for almost 17 years and they have two kids, Gunner and Remy, and a furkid named Murphy. As a family, they enjoy outdoor activities and playing games of all kinds. Mrs Dove is excited to continue her educational journey at Powell and to learn and grow with her students each year! 

My Play-losophy:

Play leads to natural curiosity that leads to a lifetime of learning. 

“One little spark, of inspiration Is at the heart, of all creation.” From “Journey into the Imagination with Figment” at EPCOT

 

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Degrees and Certifications:

DePauw University - B.A. in English Composition North Carolina Central University - Elementary Licensure

Mr. Justin Kram

Fourth Grade Teacher

Mr. Kram is currently one our awesome fourth grade teachers. Previously he served as Powell's Play Integration Specialist, building our theme and working with our fantastic teachers to see that Play and Ingenuity is present in as many areas of our day as possible. He is a Michigan native who moved here after a long stay in Boston, where Mrs. Kram attended school. Free time is hard to come by these days, but Mr. Kram enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, who both attend Powell. He also has two dogs. Bless their hearts. Mr. Kram is an avid reader and falls asleep with a book open every night. He would count his time with his XBox as a guilty pleasure, one which he shares with his children.

My Play-losophy:

I define play as creative problem solving, and I work to open spaces for creative problem solving in the classroom as much as I can. In my experience, children use play as a vehicle for powerful learning, and it is vital that they are able to exercise this in an academic setting. It is my hope that in the years ahead creators of educational policy will create practice that reflects a deep understanding of children's ability to learn through play.