Outstanding representatives from KIS honored by School Board

Outstanding representatives from KIS honored by School Board
Posted on 02/14/2017
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The Kannapolis Board of Education was proud to recognize outstanding representatives from Kannapolis Intermediate School as the honorees for January, 2017. Due to inclement weather in January, the recognitions were held at the February board meeting.

We are very grateful to the Mary Beth Burgess State Farm Insurance Agency for donating $100 to the KIS library in appreciation of the honorees.


Samantha Giraldo:   Samantha Giraldo is a wonderful sixth grade student at Kannapolis Intermediate School. She has a sunny disposition and practically skips into schools each day. Samantha’s teachers describe her as an all-around good student that is always sweet and polite and very welcoming to others. Samantha loves math because it makes sense to her, and she loves completing challenging problems. She sees herself entering a career in the medical field or in education and would like to attend UNC Charlotte. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys creating and making “do-it-yourself crafts” that she researches on YouTube.


Jack Lewis:  Jack Lewis is an outstanding sixth grade student that exhibits many great qualities. He has a calm demeanor, charismatic sense of humor, and he’s a wonderful role model. He exudes positivity and respect and is approachable and trusted by his peers. Teachers at KIS describe Jack as the perfect student to represent his classmates. He demonstrates honesty and kindness and shows compassion and patience when working with others. Jack’s favorite part of the school day is Science class because of the hands-on opportunities created by his teacher, Mr. Thiel. While he isn’t quite sure what he wants to do when he gets older, Jack definitely sees himself going to UNC-Chapel Hill or UNC-Charlotte for his college experience. During his free time, Jack enjoys playing flag football through the YMCA, playing video games at home, and of course, sleeping!


Julie Stegall:  Julie Stegall is an incredible volunteer at Kannapolis Intermediate School. Her exceptional selflessness, positive attitude, remarkable leadership, and unyielding diligence make her an obvious choice for recognition. Each week, Julie donates her time to run with the KIS Runners’ Club members after school. She sends weekly emails with the week’s running plan, and she encourages each student to create meaningful and obtainable goals for success. With Julie’s help, many KIS students have completed a 5K, and others have enjoyed success after they have moved to the middle school and joined the cross country team. Because of her support, the KIS Running Club has grown from 30 to 70 students this year. Not only does Julie provide students with dynamic stretches to help them warm up but also explains the positive impact these stretches have on their overall health and fitness. Without a doubt, Julie is not only an amazing running talent but an even greater role model.

Ron Desrosiers:  Ron Desrosiers is the head custodian at KIS. Regardless of how large or small the project, Ron always displays a phenomenal “old-school” work ethic, the type that everyone’s grandparents seem to reminisce about. This school year has presented challenges for Ron and the custodial staff with the hustle and bustle of preparing the building for next year’s transformation into an elementary school. However, Ron always makes sure the building is clean and safe for students and staff. He arrives by five each morning to clean areas that have dust and debris from work during the night. Ron’s job-related knowledge has been instrumental in planning meetings with contractors and installers, and his ability to identify potential issues has kept larger problems from occurring. Ron often talks with students and encourages their strength of character. Beyond his workday, Ron helps coach baseball at the middle school, volunteers with his church, and spends time with his family.


Michael Blum:  Michael Blum is a compassionate, calm and dedicated Exceptional Children’s Teacher at KIS. In his self-contained autism classroom, Michael’s students have grown immensely in the structured and nurturing learning environment he has established. He is creative and keeps the students engaged while learning. Michael is patient and caring, and he takes time to learn and understand each student individually. This year, Michael has introduced the “Bite Club” into his classroom’s lunchtime. Once a week, students are encouraged to explore the taste and texture of different foods that correspond with the letter of the week. This gets his students excited about learning.



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