KCS honors EC Teachers of Excellence

KCS honors EC Teachers of Excellence
Posted on 10/11/2016
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The Kannapolis City Board of Education was proud to honor the 2016-17 Exceptional Children's Teachers of Excellence during its October Board meeting. 


Natasha Sifford, Christine Anderson, Lisa Strahan, Sarah Chapman, Elizabeth Ritchie, Rebecca Knipp, Rhonda Hodge, Mark Linn, Kristin Heinzel: 
All of these outstanding teachers are being honored as Teachers of Excellence in the field of special education.   

 

Natasha Sifford works at McKnight Head Start and is a key member in the Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment Team. She has worked in KCS for eight years, and her enthusiasm and energetic personality are contagious!

 

Christine Anderson is the EC Resource Teacher at Forest Park Elementary. She began her career at KIS working with resource and separate setting students before she transitioned to Forest Park. She has amazing dedication and compassion and is an outstanding teacher.

 

Lisa Strahan has been with KCS for eleven years and is an EC teacher at Woodrow Wilson. Her hard work and dedication never go unnoticed, and she is an exceptional teacher.

 

Sarah Chapman has been serving Kannapolis City Schools’ Autistic population for 9 years. She’s an excellent teacher and builds relationships with her students and their families that last a lifetime. She also has led the process of unpacking the EXTEND 1 curriculum in Kannapolis City Schools.

 

Elizabeth Ritchie is an outstanding Speech Pathologist and has served KCS for 22 years. She’s based at Jackson Park, but she pitches in wherever she’s needed. She wants the best for every KCS student and is an extremely valuable part of our district.

 

Rebecca Knipp has served as a speech pathologist at Fred L Wilson for six years. She’s dedicated to helping Fred L. Wilson students and their families, and she’s truly a Teacher of Excellence.

 

Rhonda Hodge is currently working with 8th grade students that are served in a separate setting. During her 15 years in Kannapolis City Schools, she’s built a reputation as a wonderful fundraiser to pay for field trips for EC students. She’s also covered multiple assignments and taught in several schools and always does an outstanding job. 

 

Mark Linn has been an instrumental leader in the field of special education at A. L. Brown High School. He’s been a part of the KCS family for 25 years. He works with students, families and colleagues to ensure the best for every student.

 

Kristin Heinzel will represent Kannapolis City Schools at the Council of Exceptional Children’s Conference this fall as a Teacher of Excellence. She has been a dedicated teacher and leader at Kannapolis Intermediate School for 4 years. She spends countless hours making sure everything gets done in order for our students to get the services and modifications they need and to make sure each one of them succeeds.

 

We congratulate all of these outstanding teachers and thank them for the excellent work they do with our children and families. 

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