HAMPTON-A Hampton City Schools elementary school teacher was the recent recipient of a 2023 Cox Education Hero award.
Missy Powell-Riedl, a kindergarten teacher at Burbank Elementary School, received the award and a $1,000 grant for classroom supplies on May 15. Powell-Riedl, one of ten teachers selected from Virginia, was the only one honored from Hampton Roads. She was nominated for the award by one of her co-workers.
“Teachers have the power to ignite minds and shape futures, and when their dedication is recognized through awards and grants, their impact knows no bounds,” said Dr. Heidi Brezinski, principal of Burbank Elementary, in a statement. “Ms. Powell-Riedl, a teacher who is definitely making a difference in the futures of Burbank Bulldogs, is unlocking endless possibilities to nurture and empower young people, which is investing positively in our community.”