Olive Branch teacher Susan Powell has been named the DeSoto County teacher of the year. Powell teaches 2nd grade at Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Olive Branch. The announcement came Thursday after Powell was chosen from a number of other teachers in the district to represent the region in the state teacher of the year contest. Powell was also named teacher of the year in 2004 when she taught at DeSoto Central Middle School, and back in 1993 when she worked in Arlington, Texas, she was also named teacher of the year there.