Degrees and Certifications:
The Pennsylvania State University - B.S. Elementary & Kindergarten Education North Carolina State University - Master of School Administration North Carolina State University - Doctorate in Education, Educational Leadership
Dr. Curtis M. Brower
Curtis Brower has been the proud principal of Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity since 2014. He is a native to Pennsylvania and moved to NC to teach. He has been in education for over 20 years, serving as an elementary teacher, assistant principal and principal. Prior to being appointed as the principal at Powell, Dr. Brower served as an assistant principal at two Gifted and Talented WCPSS Magnet schools. He holds a BS degree in Elementary Education from The Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in School Administration degree from the North Carolina State University, a 6th Year Advanced Education Specialist degree from the North Carolina State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the North Carolina State University.
Dr. Brower has led Powell to become the first Center for Play and Ingenuity Magnet Elementary school in the nation. Creating a magnet program from the ground level has been a very rewarding and successful achievement in his career. He greatly enjoys watching the arts “come alive” and seeing the students engaged in hands-on learning and design challenges.
Dr. Brower is married to his wife Allison, who is also a WCPSS school principal. He is the proud father of Andrew, a WCPSS HS Senior, and Caroline, a WCPSS HS Freshman, and the family puppy, Toby. Outside of school, he enjoys watching Andrew play baseball and Caroline dance. Dr. Brower loves to travel and try new restaurants. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, being outdoors, listening to and playing music. Dr. Brower loves his Penn State Nittany Lions and The Pennsylvania State University Marching Blue Band, where he played trumpet for four years.
"Play provides an opportunity for growth and development in the whole child. It unites students, teachers and families through experiences where they engage in the 4 C’s of Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration. Play makes learning fun, doing things differently and more interactive.
PLAY = "Powerful Learning And You!"
Degrees and Certifications:
Peace College - Associate Art University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education North Carolina State University - Masters Degree in School Administration
Mrs. Melissa Hart
Mrs. Hart is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and grew up attending WCPSS during middle and high school. She has been married to the love of her life for 19 years, and together they have 3 children, ranging in age from 5-17. Mrs. Hart has been in the profession of education for 22 years, 17 in WCPSS. Prior to becoming the proud assistant principal at Powell, Mrs. Hart had experience in the areas of teaching 4th and 5th grade, teaching Academically Gifted students, working as a reading specialist, and working as an Instructional Facilitator. Mrs. Hart is a local church member and loves serving annually during Vacation Bible School and for the AWANA program. In her free time, Mrs. Hart likes to spend time with her family, go to the beach, run and read.
Playing allows students the opportunity to practice skills and concepts taught, and allows them to gain a deeper conceptual understanding of the standards. Playing allows students the opportunity to collaborate, communicate, create and think critically.