School board recognizes honorees from Woodrow Wilson Elementary

School board recognizes honorees from Woodrow Wilson Elementary
Posted on 09/10/2014
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The Kannapolis City Board of Education was proud to honor outstanding representatives from Woodrow Wilson Elementary School at its September meeting.


  • Miriam Jose Ramos:  Miriam is a 4th grade student at Woodrow Wilson. She is a soft-spoken student who leads by example. She is very conscientious and takes pride in her organizational skills, always completing every task to the best of her ability. Miriam excels in both reading and math and is always willing to share her knowledge with her classmates in a polite, patient manner. It is evident she is creative and artistic by the many animal drawings she keeps in her journal. Miriam is the perfect role model for other students, and she makes each day brighter with her enthusiasm for learning.


  • Edwin Soriano Garcia:  Jose is a 4th grader at Woodrow Wilson. He has many wonderful qualities including a great sense of humor, kindness, and compassion. He is always concerned about others and willing to lend a helping hand. He is a team player who wants everyone included. Edwin’s willingness to learn and his sense of humor allow him to find the fun in learning while bringing enthusiasm to any class discussion. No matter the task, he is up for the challenge. Edwin is a friend to everyone and his classmates trust him. He often puts others before himself.


  • Sherry and Mark Hodgson:  Sherry and Mark Hodgson have given countless hours volunteering at Woodrow Wilson. Sherry has served on the school PTO for the past seven years and has been President for the last five years. She has coordinated many events and teacher recognition activities with minimal assistance. Sherry and Mark have almost single-handedly coordinated fundraising efforts that provided technology for classrooms as well as teacher reimbursements for out-of-pocket classroom expenses. Besides supporting the schools their children attend, Sherry and Mark are two of the most passionate supporters of Kannapolis City Schools. They truly believe KCS has provided their children exactly what they needed, no matter which school it has been in their educational journey. Their daughter, Avery, is a freshman at A.L. Brown, and their son, Colin, is a 4th grader at Woodrow Wilson. The imprint the Hodgsons have made on the culture of Woodrow Wilson will be impossible to replace.
  • Ray Veazie:  Ray is the current Teacher Assistant of the Year at Woodrow Wilson. Last year, Ray served as an Exceptional Children 1 on 1 Assistant, working with the district’s only blind student. The progress the student was able to make in one year under Ray’s guidance was astonishing. The student learned to independently navigate the entire school campus and his reading abilities improved dramatically due to Ray’s persistence and encouragement. This year, Ray has seamlessly transitioned into a regular Teacher Assistant position, and his work ethic is unmatched. Ray works diligently and truly serves the teachers and students at Woodrow Wilson. He does not shy away from responsibilities that make the teachers’ jobs easier and the learning more personalized for students. Ray has also been a tremendous asset to Kannapolis Middle School in recent years, volunteering tirelessly on the KMS PTO when his children were students there. His children, Calla and Patrick, both attend A.L. Brown High school. Woodrow Wilson is very fortunate to have Ray as a member of its family.


  • Maria Palacio:  Maria is a first grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson. She is recognized by her peers and administrators as one of the school’s finest educators. She is one of those rare teachers that makes everything look easy. She is always in high spirits, and tackles any changes or challenges head on. Maria’s rapport with her first grade students is natural and instinctive, and her patience with children of varying needs is second to none. Because of her patience and her ability to build relationships with her students, many students are strategically placed in Maria’s class. She is able to identify learning gaps and creatively assist students in bridging these gaps. She is a leader among the staff, willfully taking on additional responsibilities or piloting new programs to benefit the students. Woodrow Wilson families are truly fortunate to have Maria as a member of the teaching staff.



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