KCS honors 2013-2014 retirees

KCS honors 2013-2014 retirees
Posted on 05/13/2014
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KCS congratulates our outstanding retirees for 2013-14. We proudly honored them at a special reception and recognition ceremony during our May Board of Education meeting.

 

  • Mary Chipley: It hasn’t been the same in the lunch line at Fred L. Wilson since Mary Chipley retired in October. Mary was one of the friendly faces that served breakfast and lunch to children for 13 years. Everyone at Fred L. Wilson misses her very much, and we hope she is enjoying her retirement.

     

  • Marie Cook:         Marie Cook has already been enjoying her retirement for five months. She left in January after 12-and-a-half years of service to Kannapolis City Schools. She served as a bus monitor and office support employee in the Transportation Department. She helped make sure that our children got to school safely every day. We miss Marie, but we know she’s enjoying retirement and the extra time with her family.

     

  • Betty Hubbard: Betty Hubbard spent fourteen years as a child nutrition operator at Kannapolis Middle School. She made a big impact on the students and staff there, greeting them with a friendly smile every day. She retired at the end of last year, and everyone at KMS has missed her. We hope she’s enjoying her newly found free time.

     

  • Judy Jordan: Judy Jordan has brightened the days of hundreds of children in Kannapolis for more than 14 years. As a bus driver, she has made sure that children got to school each morning and returned home safely each afternoon. She will retire at the end of the school year, and all the children and staff will miss her. We wish her all the best.

     

  • Gale Kelly:   Forest Park said good-bye to a very familiar face this past November. Gale Kelly was an outstanding teacher who retired after 30 years of service. She was a strong, positive influence on hundreds of students over the years. She was loved by everyone at Forest Park and is greatly missed. We hope she is enjoying her well deserved retirement.

     

  • Anita Parker:      Anita Parker is an extremely familiar face to hundreds of children in Kannapolis City Schools. She’s helped more than a generation of students over her 31-year career as a Science teacher at Kannapolis Middle School. She is an outstanding educator who earned recognition as Kannapolis City Schools’ Teacher of the Year. She has also served as a respected teacher leader throughout the district. Her total career in public education has spanned more than 40 years, and she will be greatly missed. We wish her all the best as she begins her retirement in July.

     

  • Amy Price: Amy Price was the person that greeted children and visitors every day at Forest Park as the front office receptionist. She retired in March after nearly 20 years of service in North Carolina. The office at Forest Park has not been the same without her, and everyone at Forest Park misses her. However, we know she is enjoying her retirement and spending more time with her family.

          

  • Ann Rollins:         Ann Rollins has spent six years helping the children and families of Kannapolis City Schools as a nurse at the McKnight Child Development Center. She has done an outstanding job, and everyone at McKnight will miss her when she retires on June 30th. We hope she enjoys her well deserved rest and relaxation.     

     

  • Debbie Smith:     The last day of school will be sadder than usual at Kannapolis Middle School this year. Debbie Smith will be retiring in July, and everyone at KMS will miss her tremendously. She has been at KMS for 19 years and has helped set the standard for media coordinators throughout the district. Her last day with KCS will be June 30, and we wish her all the best.

     

  • Kathy Steele: The students at A.L. Brown have missed one of the friendly faces in their cafeteria this year. Kathy Steele retired in September after more than eight years as a Child Nutrition Operator at the high school. She served all the students well, and we hope she is enjoying her retirement.

 

  • Rebecca Thompson:  The halls and classrooms of A.L. Brown High School will not be the same without Becky Thompson. She has been a teacher there for 30 years. She has taught English to more than a generation of students and has been in charge of the yearbook for more than a decade. She is an outstanding educator, and everyone at A.L. Brown will miss her. We hope she enjoys her retirement and will come back to visit often.

     

  • Rachel Zaionz:    Rachel Zaionz served the children of North Carolina public schools for 30 years in many capacities. She was a teacher, curriculum coordinator, technology facilitator, and principal. She served in Kannapolis City Schools for more than ten years and was Kannapolis City Schools’ 2013-2014 Principal of the Year. She retired in March, and everyone has missed her very much. We know she is enjoying her well deserved retirement, and we’re glad she’s coming back as a volunteer.

 

Altogether, the retiring class of 2013-2014 gave 228 years of outstanding service to Kannapolis City Schools and to North Carolina public education. The Board of Education and administration are extremely grateful for 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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