School board honors exemplary representatives from KMS

School board honors outstanding representatives from KMS
Posted on 05/13/2014
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The Kannapolis Board of Education was proud to honor outstanding representatives from Kannapolis Middle School during its May meeting.


  • Rebecca Clark:  Rebecca Clark is an exemplary student and role model at Kannapolis Middle School. She consistently makes the Superintendent’s List for her outstanding academics, character, and citizenship. She has been recommended for the AP Academy at A.L. Brown next year, and she serves as a dedicated assistant to the office staff at KMS. She also is part of the WKMS news program and had a feature role in the Piedmont School of Music and Dance production of “The Nutcracker.”  Everyone at KMS is extremely proud of Rebecca for all that she has accomplished in her academics and extracurricular activities. She is the daughter of Kevin and Lynn Clark.


  • Gelsis Martinez: Gelsis Martinez is a wonderful example of the smart, caring, and well-rounded students we have in Kannapolis City Schools. Every day she models outstanding citizenship and excellent character. The most recent example came when she organized a student/staff basketball game to raise money for a classmate with cancer and for Relay for Life. While generating awareness of cancer and the need to help others, Gelsis got the student body involved in celebrating the life of a fellow student and those that battle cancer daily. Unfortunately, her classmate lost his battle with cancer last month. However, Gelsis immediately began organizing efforts to recognize and remember him. She encouraged students and staff to write poems, letters, and sign a card. She also asked them to wear red and khaki to show their care and concern for the family and remember their classmate. Along with some of her peers, Gelsis led a candlelight vigil and created a memorial garden to remember her friend. In her spare time, Gelsis enjoys playing soccer. She is the daughter of Vicencio and Griselda Martinez and is the oldest of four brothers and sisters.     


  • The Reverend Dr. Claude Forehand:Dr. Forehand is the pastor of First Baptist Church on East 1st Street in Kannapolis. Even though he has only been in Kannapolis for a year, he has already made a tremendous impact. As soon as he arrived, he began volunteering in the community and wanted to help the schools. Since August, he has volunteered twice a week at KMS tutoring and mentoring boys who would benefit from having a male role model. He meets with the students, has lunch with them, and visits them in their classrooms. Dr. Forehand volunteers on field trips and took part in the student/staff basketball game to raise money for Relay for Life. He often sits in on meetings with parents of the students he tutors to give a different perspective on how everyone can work together to help students succeed. He has made a very important difference for many KMS students and is a positive influence for the entire school.                                                                                      
  • Leticia Wells, Renee Osbourne, Victoria Heater:Leticia Wells, Renee Osbourne and Victoria Heater are teacher assistants in the self-contained classroom. Their classroom includes students who require constant supervision for a variety of mental and physical disabilities. In January, the teacher for their classroom left. However, these ladies stepped up and made sure that quality instruction continued. They have guided the substitute teachers in providing content lessons and arts and crafts to keep consistency, structure, and learning in the classroom. They greet students every day with smiles and expectations of having a great day. Their students depend on them to be kind, caring and supportive, and these ladies are exceptional at taking care of them.   


  • Tiffany Green: Tiffany Green is an 8th grade science teacher. She has been teaching since 2001 and came to KMS in 2008. Mrs. Green always has a smile on her face and holds high expectations for her students. She is a wonderful teacher who often stays late to plan classes or provide tutoring. She not only teaches science but also is a BioMoto Coach. For the past two years she has led a BioMoto team through inquiry based learning activities, apparatus designs, physical fitness tests, and a pit crew challenge at Rockingham Speedway. Each year, KMS students win awards in these competitions. This year, her classes also participated in the BRITE program at North Carolina Central University. Students worked with biotech researchers and even extracted their own DNA. She also collaborated with Language Arts and Discovery Place to expose students to integrated lessons in writing and science. Mrs. Green’s students are very successful and lucky to have her as their teacher.                                                                                                                                                     


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