KCS honors 2015-2016 Retirees

KCS honors 2015-2016 Retirees
Posted on 06/14/2016
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KCS congratulates our outstanding retirees for 2015-16. We proudly honored them at a special reception and recognition ceremony during our June Board of Education meeting. Read more about the retirees below and
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  • Cassie Bondurant: The past several months have probably been a whole lot quieter for Cassie Bondurant.  She retired in January after nearly 21 years of service to the children of North Carolina, Prior to that, she had been an outstanding teacher at Jackson Park Elementary School. Cassie, we know it has not been the same being away from students every day, but we hope you are enjoying your retirement, and we want you to know you have been missed.

     

  • Julie Brown: Julie Brown helped to teach and nurture hundreds of children during her time as a teacher assistant in Kannapolis City Schools. She retired last November after being a big part of children’s lives at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School for more than 19 years. She is truly missed, and we hope she is enjoying her well deserved retirement.

     

  • Camilla Buckwell: A very familiar face will be missing next year at A.L. Brown High School. Camilla Buckwell has served the students at A.L. Brown and our community extremely well as a Dropout Prevention coordinator for more than 28 years. She has encouraged thousands of students and made a positive difference for children and families for more than a generation. She will be missed, but we wish her all the best as she embarks on her retirement.

     

  • Susan Crites: Calling the athletic department or buying tickets for an A.L. Brown varsity game just won’t be the same without Susan Crites. She has been part of our KCS and A.L. Brown families for 30 years, and she knows nearly everyone in our school system and community. We all will miss her tremendously when she retires. Her last day with KCS will be at the end of this month, and we’re not quite sure what we’ll do without her. However, we know she will get to spend more time with family and friends, and we congratulate her on her retirement. We’re pretty sure we’ll still be able to find her at Wonders games throughout the year.

     

  • Lynn Efird:    Lynn Efird has been enjoying her retirement for the past four months. She retired in February after more than 25 years of service to Kannapolis City Schools. She was an outstanding math teacher, and she touched the lives of thousands of students during her career. Everyone at A.L. Brown has missed her, and we hope she is enjoying retirement and spending lots of time with family and friends. 

     

  • Kathy Fincher: Kathy Fincher has gotten hundreds of children off to a great head start in school. She is an outstanding teacher at the McKnight Child Development Center and has made a wonderful first impression on all her students. She will be retiring at the end of the school year after eleven-and-a-half years of service. She will be greatly missed by everyone at McKnight, and we hope she will enjoy having fun in her new role as retiree.

     

  • Lu Graham:  There will be a big void next year at Kannapolis Middle School without Lu Graham. She has been part of our KCS family for more than 32 years, and we are not sure what we will do without her. She has brought harmony to thousands of children during her distinguished career as a music teacher in Kannapolis Middle School and Kannapolis City Schools. She also has led the Winter Guard program and done so many things to serve the children of Kannapolis City Schools. Everyone will miss her, but we know she has earned her well-deserved retirement, and we wish her all the best.  

     

  • Tona Green: Tona Green is a beloved part of Forest Park Elementary School. Everyone there will miss her when she retires at the end of this school year. She has been part of the Forest Park family for 11-and-a-half years. Students and staff even put up bulletin boards at Forest Park that showed bananas and cute little yellow characters proclaiming that Ms. Green is “One in a Minion” and that they will miss her bunches. She will leave big shoes to fill, but we wish her all the best as she begins her retirement.   

     

  • Deanna Grindstaff:         Deanna Grindstaff has taught more than a generation of children in North Carolina. She has made a big impact on her students and the staff at Woodrow Wilson during her 29 years of teaching. She is an amazing educator, and it will be a big loss when she retires at the end of the school year. She will be greatly missed, but we know she’s looking forward to being able to relax and start her retirement July 1st.

     

  • James Harris, III:   James Harris, III was an outstanding environmental specialist at Kannapolis Middle School for more than seven years before he retired last month. Everyone at KMS liked seeing his smile, and it just hasn’t been the same without him. We all hope he is enjoying his well deserved retirement. 

     

  • David Knipp: David Knipp was a positive influence on many students in Kannapolis City Schools. He retired in January after five years of service as an Exceptional Children’s teacher assistant at A.L. Brown. We miss him, and we hope he’s spending time with family and friends and enjoying his retirement.

     

  • Sharron Little:  Sharron Little retired earlier this year after more than thirteen years of outstanding service in Kannapolis City Schools. She had been a pre-K teacher assistant at McKnight Head Start, and she helped hundreds of children develop a love of learning. We will miss Sharron’s wonderful smile and personality, and we hope she is enjoying her free time during her retirement.

     

  • Deborah Mahatha:         It just hasn’t been the same at Kannapolis Middle School this year without Deborah Mahatha. She spent almost 25 years at KMS as an outstanding environmental specialist before she retired last August. She always greeted students and staff with a big smile and kept everything clean and shiny in the building. Everyone at KMS misses Deborah and all the things she did for the school, but we all hope she is enjoying her well deserved retirement.

     

  • Gayle Medford:      A bright shining face will be missing from our school buses next year after Gayle Medford retires. She has been a wonderful bus monitor for Kannapolis City Schools for more than thirteen years. She got children’s day off to a great start and sent them on their way with a smile each afternoon. We’ll miss her when she leaves, but we wish her all the best in her retirement. 

     

  • Marnie Messenger:        Marnie Messenger has helped to teach and nurture thousands of children during her time as a teacher assistant in Kannapolis City Schools. She is retiring from Woodrow Wilson next month after more than 26 years of wonderful service to our students and community. Everyone will miss her, and we wish her all good things in her retirement.

     

  • Jean Messick.:      The last day of school will be sadder than usual at Shady Brook this year. Jean Messick will be retiring in July, and everyone at Shady Brook will miss her tremendously. She has served the public school children of North Carolina for 26-and-a-half years and has inspired a love of reading and been an outstanding media coordinator at Shady Brook Elementary School. Her last day with KCS will be June 30, and we wish her all the best in her retirement.

     

  • Joyce Nedoff:  Joyce Nedoff has already been enjoying her retirement for a couple of months. She was a teacher assistant at Jackson Park for almost twenty-five years before she retired in April. She made such a wonderful impression on all her students, and we know everyone at Jackson Park misses her tremendously. We hope she is enjoying her retirement and will come back to visit and volunteer often. 

     

  • Teena Pethel:  Teena Pethel served as a friendly and familiar face to thousands of students at Jackson Park Elementary. She was a wonderful Child Nutrition operator for twenty years before she retired last July. Everyone at Jackson Park has missed her, and we hope she is enjoying her well deserved retirement.

     

  • Debbie Sellers: We know the students of Kannapolis City Schools have missed Debbie Sellers. She retired in January after serving for 23-and-a-half years as an outstanding bus driver and School Nutrition operator. She was a familiar face at A.L. Brown and on the bus, and it has not been the same without her. We wish her all the best and hope she is enjoying her retirement.

     

  • Deanna Shue:        They’re already breaking out the Kleenex at Jackson Park Elementary as they get ready for the retirement of Deanna Shue. Deanna has been a part of Kannapolis City Schools for many decades as a student, a parent, and an outstanding teacher. She has taught at Jackson Park for 29 years and has been a wonderful influence on thousands of students. She will retire at the beginning of October, and everyone at Jackson Park and in KCS will miss her. We wish Deanna all the best and hope you enjoy spending more time with family and friends.

     

  • Golanda Spencer: Golanda Spencer always started students’ day with a smile and made sure they got back and forth to school safely every day. She was an outstanding school bus driver for Kannapolis City Schools for more than 16 years. Everyone loved her, and she has been missed since she retired in January. We congratulate her on her retirement and wish her all the best.

     

  • Jan White: Kannapolis City Schools is losing a go-to person with the retirement of Jan White. Jan has been an outstanding data manager and PowerSchool Coordinator for 11-and-a-half years. Her knowledge of all the many student management systems over the years has made her an indispensable resource for everyone in KCS, and she always serves with a smile and a friendly greeting to everyone. She will be missed greatly, but we know she has earned her well-deserved retirement, and we wish her all the best.

     

  • Robert White: A big smile has been missing from the A.L. Brown hallways for the past several months. Robert White retired in January as an environmental specialist at A.L. Brown and the central office. He did an outstanding job serving the students and staff for five years, and everyone has missed his friendly greetings and wonderful work. We hope he has been enjoying his retirement, and we wish him well.

     

  • Tony Young: The students and staff at A.L. Brown have been missing Tony Young since he retired in January. Tony served as a Career Technical Education teacher at A.L. Brown for ten-and-a-half years. He made a wonderful impression on his students and was a great colleague. We hope he has been enjoying time with his family and friends, and we congratulate him on his retirement.

     

  • Cliff Mowrer: We also want to give a shout out to Cliff Mowrer. He is the Quality Control and Energy Manager for Cabarrus County Schools. In his role, he worked very closely with Kannapolis City Schools, and we feel that he is one of our own. He will be retiring at the end of the year, and everyone in KCS will miss him greatly. We wish him all the best and hope he enjoys his well deserved retirement.

 This amazing group of educators gave a total of more than 480 years of outstanding service to Kannapolis City Schools and to North Carolina public education. Two of them exceeded forty years of service, and four had more than thirty years of service. The Board of Education and administration are extremely grateful for all your contributions. On behalf of all the children you taught and served, we wish you the best as you embark on your retirement.

 

 

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