About Angela

About Angela

ANGELA WATSON (formerly Powell) has earned international recognition for her unique contributions to the field of education.  A pioneer and trailblazer of modern teacher blogging, she was first known for Ms. Powell’s Management Ideas for Teachers, a website she created in 2003 to share behavior management strategies, teaching techniques, organizational tips, and Christian devotions. The site was later expanded and renamed TheCornerstoneForTeachers.com.

Since then, Angela’s ideas have been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, newsletters, and internet resources, and are utilized in teacher preparation and support programs throughout the nation.  She was recently named one of the top 35 Ed Tech influencers. Having earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist, she currently works as an Educational Consultant based in Brooklyn, New York, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Professional Development Services

As founder and owner of Due Season Press and Educational Services, Angela conducts a wide range of professional development work and speaks frequently at education topics. Her workshops typically blend inspirational/motivational principles and practical tips for improving classroom practices. Please visit the Speaking Events/Conferences page for more information.

Instructional Coaching Services

Angela also provides ongoing instructional coaching services to teachers in New York City, working as an Instructional Technology Coach grades PreK-12 through Digital School Solutions. Angela has served as both a Math Coach and Literacy Coach with teachers in grades PreK-8.

Through job-embedded professional development, she is available to model demonstration lessons, support teachers in lesson and unit planning, provide informal observations and feedback, and help teachers transform their rooms into functional spaces that support both classroom management and student learning. She frequently assists teachers in creating and utilizing centers, incorporating cooperative learning strategies, integrating technology and web 2.0 tools, and developing and implementing the use of hands-on materials.


Angela is the owner and founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, an independent publisher that provides professional development services correlated with educational and inspirational books.


Angela published her first book The Cornerstone: Classroom Management That Makes Teaching More Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable in July ’08. Since then, she has released Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching in July ’11, The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators in July ’12, and Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day…No Matter What in March ’15.

Content Creation and Editorial Work

Angela is the Educational Content Creator for BrainPOP, an award-winning and internationally recognized company that creates animated, curriculum-based content. She edits the BrainPOP Jr scripts, quizzes, and features to ensure they’re developmentally appropriate and aligned with standards. Additionally, Angela oversees K-12 lesson plan creation and curriculum resources for BrainPOP Educators, creates teacher support resources for GameUp, and writes for the BrainPOP Educators blog.

Website Creation

TheCornerstoneForTeachers.com was launched in July 2008, but began in 2003 as Ms. Powell’s Management Ideas for Teachers. Site stats include:

* Hundreds of pages of free resources
* More than a dozen best-of-web awards
* 180,765 incoming links from other education websites
* 6.1 million pageviews in 2014

Featured In

‘Better Teaching’ Newsletters School systems and universities across the country have featured these articles from Angela’s site on brain breaks, grading, family outreach, and more.

Teacher Feature: Token Economies Interview on the innovative ‘World’s Easiest  Token Economy’, a system later referenced on the NEA‘s website.

Teachers.Net Gazette ‘Teacher Feature” Classroom Photos.  Includes a photographic class tour.

Curriculum Contributions

Angela has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and actively seeks opportunities to create and review curricular materials in order to improve the quality of student instruction nationwide.

University of Oregon-OELP Angela’s cooperative learning and transition tip resources were utilized in the creation of an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) course for teachers, as part of a collaboration with the University of Oregon. The university also utilized those ideas for a 14 module video and paper manual in a national service project for a US State Department, Office of English Language Programs (OELP) teacher training program.

PGCPS Head Start Curriculum Angela was selected to participate in a district-wide, collaborative effort to create a standardized curriculum and align it with developmentally appropriate objectives for the HeadStart program of Prince George’s County, Maryland.  This undertaking resulted in a uniform district curriculum complete with sample lesson plans and supporting resources impacting over 800 students each year.

Teaching Expertise, Training, and Certification

*  Florida teaching certification (300 hours) in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), 2009
*  National Board Certification, Early Childhood Generalist, 2006
*  M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Maryland College, 2002
*  B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Art from Hood College, 1999
*  11 years classroom teaching experience (grades HeadStart/Pre-K, 2, 3) primarily in Title 1 schools
*  Demonstration Teacher and Mentor for new and student teachers for 9 years
*  Extensive inclusion work with students who have ADHD, LD, ED/EI, ODD, autism, and Asperger’s
*  Expertise in differentiated instruction, reading/writing workshop, balanced literacy, and web 2.0 tools

Mission Statement

Angela’s primary mission is to inspire and rejuvenate educators, instilling confidence through practical suggestions for classroom management and instruction.  She aspires to make each reader’s teaching life more effective, efficient, and enjoyable. Her ultimate goal is to show the love of God and encourage others through her daily work.

Contact Information

You can contact Angela here.


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Angela is a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years of classroom experience and 7 years experience as an instructional coach. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has created printable curriculum resources, 4 books, 3 online courses, the Truth for Teachers podcast, and The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Subscribe via email to get her best content sent to your inbox!

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1 Dorothy Conway June 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I came across your website two years ago when I began the National Board process. Your system of organizing information and materials were very beneficial to me as a first time candidate. Although the information that I’m observing today is new, I see that you have a broad area of knowledge and expertise. Thanks for the information you provided for teachers going through the National Board process.

Memphis, TN


2 Cynthia Januszka January 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Hi Angela,
I came across your website when I was looking for pictures of upper grade classroom libraries. Your classroom in Fort Lauderdale looks very familiar. What school was it by the way? I taught at Thurgood Marshall Elementary in Fort Lauderdale and the rooms had exactly the same construction. Just wondering.

Keep up the good work!



3 Denise Oswald October 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Hi Angela,
I am currently a third grade classroom teacher and in my 10th year of teaching. I have two masters degrees, reading specialist and type 75. I would like to change to another job in education but not in a classroom. I would like to know your suggestions of jobs I could possibly do still making a positive difference for kids.
Thanks for your help,
Denise Oswald


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