Paulding County elementary school teacher killed in car wreck

- A Paulding County teacher was killed in a car wreck while heading to school Tuesday morning. The teacher has been identified as 32-year-old Emily Howell. She taught fourth grade at Russom Elementary School.

"Ms. Emily Howell was a dynamic young fourth-grade teacher who was loved by her colleagues and the students she taught," the school said in a statement. "Her tragic passing has had a profound effect on the entire Russom Elementary School family."

The crash happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday along Dallas Acworth Highway near Frey Road. The Paulding County Sheriff's Office said the driver of a Jeep, identified as Joshua Powell, 31, of Jasper, crossed the center line crashing head-on into the Ford Mustang driven by Howell.

Howell died at the scene. Powell was taken to Kennestone Hospital.

A Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team will be conducting a follow-up investigation of the crash.

Charges were pending as of Tuesday evening.

Howell began working at Russom Elementary in 2015.

The full statement from Paulding County Schools reads:

Ms. Emily Howell was a dynamic young fourth-grade teacher who was loved by her colleagues and the students she taught. Her tragic passing has had a profound effect on the entire Russom Elementary School family. The district’s CARE/Crisis Response Team and school counselors have met with staff at Russom and will be talking to students and parents to help them cope with the unexpected loss. They are also contacting the parents of Ms. Howell’s students. The district is prepared to provide the support that will be necessary to help the school through this difficult time, including providing accommodations and resources for Ms. Howell’s students for the remainder of the school year. 
Ms. Howell was hired at Russom Elementary in 2015. She was a very dedicated teacher, and her students always came first. She was a hard worker who volunteered for numerous clubs and out-of-class activities, and she was an excellent communicator with parents. She will be dearly missed. We ask that you keep Ms. Howell’s family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.

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