MONAHANS- Most students try to score perfect attendance for the school year, but one middle school teacher in Monahans has outdone them all, and got perfect attendance for 60 years! Walker Junior High School art teacher Howard Powers colored the lives of over a thousand students from second to eighth grade, but junior high holds that special place in Powers’ heart.
Monahans teacher Howard Powers is finally taking a break after 60 straight years of teaching with perfect attendance.
Sadly last month though, Powers was diagnosed with leukemia and pneumonia. He decided it was time to retire, but he finished off the school year strong.
“Why get upset over it? Life is too short to worry about little things,” said Powers.
Worries aside, Powers spends his spare time creating oil paintings. Today he gifted a large oil painting to his staff at Walker Junior High.
“We’re losing a co-worker who is generous, who is kind—we were blessed to have him,” said Florenda, an employee of the school and a former student of Powers’.
Powers said the most rewarding part of his teaching career was getting to see his students enjoy themselves, and learning art and applying what they’ve learned. Aside from his students, art holds a very special place in Powers’ heart, as he finds inspiration in it.
“It’s fun, it’s exciting, and it also leaves a part of you for the people to see. It might inspire them to do something for themselves,” exclaimed Powers.
As he walks out the school doors for the last time, Powers leaves a message for his students:
“I had the privilege of teaching you and learning from you, how life is, and I wish you God’s blessings.”
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