KCS honors its 2016-17 Retirees

KCS honors its 2016-17 Retirees
Posted on 05/09/2017
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KCS congratulates our outstanding retirees for 2016-17. We proudly honored them at a special reception and recognition ceremony during our May Board of Education meeting. Read more about the retirees below, and click here to see a photo gallery of the retiree ceremony.


 

  • Donna Baker: There is a major void in the central office now that Donna Baker has retired. She was part of Kannapolis City Schools for nearly 35 years before retiring in April. As the Financial Systems Operator, she was the go-to person and a wealth of knowledge for everyone in the Finance Department. Things definitely haven’t been the same since she left. However, we are happy that she is enjoying her well-deserved retirement, and we wish her all the best.

     

  • Annette Eudy:       Kannapolis Intermediate School will be losing a very familiar face when Annette Eudy retires at the end of this school year. Ms. Eudy has been serving the students of North Carolina for 30 years, and has been with Kannapolis City Schools for 25 of those years. She teaches P.E. at KIS, and everyone there will miss her tremendously. We wish her all good things as she begins this new chapter in her life.

     

  • Nancy Hale: Nancy Hale has been serving the students of Kannapolis City Schools for more than 16 years. As the district’s Physical Therapist, she has made a positive difference for hundreds of our children, and she will be missed when she retires at the end of the school year. We are extremely grateful for her service, and we wish her all the best as she embarks on her retirement.

     

  • Kathy Hall: It hasn’t been quite the same at A.L. Brown since Kathy Hall retired in October. She had been part of A.L. Brown and Kannapolis City Schools for 30 years. Everyone knew her and relied on her, and she has been greatly missed since she left. We know she is continuing to be part of the Wonder and Kannapolis community, and we hope she will come back to visit us often.  

     

  • Janet Hill: They’re still missing Janet Hill at Fred L. Wilson. She retired in January, and things haven’t been the same without her. Ms. Hill was part of Kannapolis City Schools for more than 22 years serving as a teacher and media coordinator. In those roles, she touched thousands of young lives and made a positive difference for all of them. She is greatly missed, but we know she is enjoying her free time. We wish her all the best.

     

  • Marshall Isenhour:  Marshall Isenhour has been enjoying his retirement since January, and everyone at Woodrow Wilson and A.L. Brown has missed his smiling face. Mr. Isenhour was a custodian at Woodrow Wilson and A.L. Brown for nine years, and he did a tremendous job of keeping those schools clean and beautiful. We hope he’s enjoying his retirement, and we wish him well.

     

  • Kathleen Kropa:  A familiar face will be gone when classes start in August. Kathleen Kropa has been a Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Kannapolis Intermediate School for the past ten years. Before that, she taught in Rockingham County and in Pennsylvania. Altogether, she has been serving school children for nearly 28 years. She will be greatly missed when she retires at the end of the school year, and we wish her all the best in her retirement.

      

  • Kelly Lackey:         Kelly Lackey can tell us what it’s like to be retired because she’s been enjoying her retirement since December. It was well deserved because she left after 30 years of service to Kannapolis City Schools and North Carolina. She was the financial secretary at A.L. Brown, and everyone there misses her. We hope she’s enjoying her retirement and will come back and visit often.

     

  • Kathy Lambirth:   Kathy Lambirth is another expert on retirement. She’s been enjoying more time with her family and friends since last September. That is when she retired from Kannapolis Middle School after 10 years of service. She was an outstanding teacher assistant, and she has been greatly missed. We hope she’s enjoying her retirement, and we wish her all the best as she continues to enjoy this new chapter of her life.

     

  • Cindy LeBaron: It will be a big loss when Cindy LeBaron retires at the end of the school year. She’s been part of Kannapolis City Schools for 16 years and has served as Shady Brook’s English as Second Language teacher. She also has a wonderful science background and speaks fluent Spanish, which means she was a valuable asset not only to the students and staff at Shady Brook but to others in Kannapolis City Schools. She’ll be spending more time with her family, and we’re happy that she will get to enjoy her retirement. However, she will be greatly missed. We wish her all the best.

     

  • Charles McKinley:  The word versatility should have Charles McKinley’s picture next to it in the dictionary. Mr. McKinley was with Kannapolis City Schools for more than 31 years, and he served in many roles. When he retired in March, Mr. McKinley was serving as the English as Second Language teacher at Jackson Park. However, he had previously taught in multiple roles at A.L. Brown High School and Kannapolis Intermediate School and had worked for many years in the KCS Human Resources Department. He also was our resident historian on everything Kannapolis and did a wonderful job leading the bus tour for all new teachers in KCS. We all miss him and hope he will continue to visit and share his knowledge with us even as he enjoys his retirement.

     

  • James Oliver:        James Oliver has helped to teach hundreds of children during his time as a teacher assistant in Kannapolis City Schools. He has served the children at Kannapolis Intermediate School, and has done an outstanding job. He will retire at the end of the school year after eleven-and-a-half years of service, and he will be greatly missed. We wish him all good things in his retirement.

     

  • Martha Oliver:        A.L. Brown will bid a fond farewell to Martha Oliver at the end of the school year. She is retiring after more than 20 years of service to the public school children of North Carolina and Kannapolis City Schools. She’s been a wonderful asset to the exceptional children’s department, and everyone at A.L. Brown will miss her tremendously. We hope she enjoys her well-deserved retirement, and we wish her all the best.   

     

  • Susan Philips:       Fred L. Wilson won’t be the same without Sue Philips. She’s been a teacher there for more than 21 years and has been a positive influence on hundreds of children. She will be retiring as of the end of the school year, and she will be greatly missed. We wish her well in her retirement, and we hope she enjoys some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

     

  • Diane Rodgers:     The halls of A.L. Brown will be very different next year without Diane Rodgers. She has been an outstanding Nursing Fundamentals teacher at A.L. Brown and has had a wonderful impact on thousands of students. She’ll be retiring at the end of the school year after 20 years of service. She will be missed by everyone at A.L. Brown. We hope she stays in touch, and we wish her all the best as she starts this new chapter of her life.  

     

  • Mark Springer:      Mark Springer has been a positive influence on so many students at A.L. Brown High School. He is a teacher assistant in the exceptional children’s department, and he has done a wonderful job. He will retire at the end of the school year after five years of service, and everyone will miss him. We know he’s looking forward to spending more time with his family and friends, and we wish him all the best as he begins his retirement.   

     

  • Arlene Thomas:  A very familiar face will be missing from Forest Park Elementary School next year. That is because Arlene Thomas will retire at the end of the school year. She’s been an outstanding teacher at Forest Park for more than 20 years and is loved by everyone there. She will be greatly missed, and we hope she will come back to visit and volunteer often. We wish her much happiness as she begin her retirement. 

     

  • Karen Walter:  Karen Walter kept everything running smoothly with KCS finances for more than a decade. She retired in March after 15 years of service to Kannapolis City Schools. She worked as a financial secretary at McKnight Head Start before becoming a Payroll Assistant in the central office. Everyone misses Karen, but we hope she is enjoying her newfound free time and will come back to visit us often.

     

  • Kay Wilhelm: Kay Wilhelm has been a friendly and familiar face to thousands of students at Kannapolis Intermediate School. She has been a wonderful School Nutrition operator there and is retiring after twelve years on the job. Everyone will miss her, and we wish her all the best. We hope she will enjoy her newly found free time when she begins her retirement in July.

     

  • Cathy Wingler:      The last day of school will be even sadder than usual at Fred L. Wilson. That’s because Kathy Wingler will be retiring after more than 19 years of wonderful service at Fred L. Wilson. She’s a teacher assistant there, and everyone at Fred L. Wilson will miss her tremendously. Her last day with Kannapolis City Schools will be June 30. We wish her well and hopes she enjoys her retirement and will visit us often.

 

This amazing group of educators gave a total of more than 425 years of outstanding service to Kannapolis City Schools and to North Carolina public education. The Board of Education and administration are extremely grateful for all their contributions. On behalf of all the children they taught and served, we wish them the best as they embark on their retirement. 

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