Educators very rarely start and stop in the same school district, even less often in the same school. Doug Powell is the exception to that scenario. Doug Powell was hired at Malone School in February of 1995 and remains there today. He started as a physical education teacher, then coached both girls’ basketball before taking over the boys’ basketball team. The 2004-2005 school year, he moved out of the classroom into administration as the assistant principal at Malone. In 2011, Powell was named as principal to Malone School. Powell was the perfect fit for the Tigers K-12 school. He has the patience and understanding for children being away from their nest for the first time, as well as the fortitude to address the issues teenagers deal with at the middle and high
Proof is in the pudding for the man with an iconic smile on the worst of days. Young and old alike, kids flock around Powell as he makes his way through the hallways of Malone. His office is decorated with gifts of appreciation from years at Malone School, as a teacher, coach, and principal – all very valuable to Powell in their own right. A hand-written card saying Merry Christmas given to Powell when he was present long after school hours for a visit from Santa, FSU memorabilia brought by the youngest of students and graduating seniors to don his office are all a testament to the students’ love and appreciation.
The admiration doesn’t stop with students, faculty staff applaud his demeanor not only with students but with the leadership he provides them. Toyka Holden has worked at Malone School for eight years with all of that time under Powell’s supervision, first while he was an assistant and one year later as a principal. Toyka has nothing but praise for her Powell, “Mr. Powell is an advocate not only for the students, but for his teachers as well. If a teacher expresses the need for additional resources, he finds a way to acquire those resources without hesitation. As a teacher, it is a privilege to work for an administrator who allows a teacher to teach without
Justin Bryan reiterates the same sentiment, “Doug is a great principal. He has a way of motivating the students as well as the teachers to do our very best.”
Malone teacher and basketball coach had the distinction of following Powell’s footsteps when Powell moved from coaching to basketball and sings Powell’s praises both as an administrator and as a friend, “He is a great friend and he does a terrific job of leading Malone school. He has been a great principal in a long line of good administrators at our school. We are thankful to have him.”
Marianna High School assistant principal Travis Blanton has known Powell through many years of basketball and now works with him through the school system as a fellow administrator, “Doug is a great guy, was a fantastic coach and always had his teams ready. I know when my teams faced him, it was always a battle because his boys came to play. I watched him move from the court to an administrator and he made it look simple. I remember when I moved to administration, I shadowed him and was in awe of the respect both his faculty and student body had for him. That says a lot about a man right there.”
Marianna High head football coach and athletic director John Donaldson has been friends with Powell for many, many years. He says of Powell, “Doug is an awesome guy, great family man and Malone is lucky to have him. He knows all about every kid up there, and lets them know he cares about them. I can’t say enough about him as a friend and as an administrator.”
When Powell is not ‘on the job’, he can be seen at softball fields where his freshman daughter plays for the Lady Bulldogs, at the gym watching her in volleyball competition or at any FSU sporting event, or major league baseball park. He and his wife Shannon share a love of all things outdoors, a love that has been passed on to his daughter, Sydney.