|Thom holding one of the hoaxed Elbe casts|
My good friend, Thom Powell got some news coverage last week in the Portland Tribune. The article focuses on Thom as a science teacher and how he is also interested in bigfoot. Go figure, bigfoot and science go hand in hand? Yes, they do.
Hillsdale’s Sasquatch expert
At Robert Gray Middle School, teacher Thom Powell leaves a big imprint
A few months into one’s freshman year at Wilson High School, alumni of Jackson Middle School in West Portland Park will start forming friendships with those of Robert Gray in Hillsdale. They will trade stories of their middle school years, recounting horrific homework assignments and raving about favorite former teachers. But while former Jackson pupils tend to have a long and varied list, Robert Gray alums all seem to name the same one: Mr. Powell, a teacher of eighth-grade science with a penchant for Sasquatch. Not the annual music festival, but the mythical creature also known as Bigfoot.
Thom Powell has taught at Robert Gray Middle School for nearly three decades. He is a tall, gray man with a raspy voice and a disarmingly piercing gaze. Though his appearance is domineering and almost off-putting, his students know better. They flock to his classroom as soon as the bell rings, vying for his attention to their preteen attempts at sarcasm and deadpan. Powell meets them bit for bit, speaking with complete candor to his 14-year-old pupils. Truly, he is a gentle giant, and so, he says, is the Sasquatch.
Click here to read the full article posted at Thom’s blog.