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KCS Board of Education Approves Personnel Changes

The Kannapolis City Board of Education has named Mr. Will Gibson to become the new principal of Jackson Park Elementary School beginning in June. He will replace Ms. Deana Lewis who is moving into a K-5 New Teacher and Literacy Support Specialist position with the district.

Mr. Will Gibson has been in Kannapolis City Schools since 2013. During that time, he has servedas a Curriculum Coordinator and Principal at Shady Brook Elementary School. As principal, he led students and staff in meeting expected growth six out of seven school years and exceeding expected growth two out of seven school years. His work with staff in forming functioning Professional Learning Communities has led to many successes at Shady Brook. He also partnered with Apple Computer in beta-testing the Schoolworks technology framework and guided school-wide implementation of Blended Learning instruction, as well as served on the district Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) team.

“Mr. Gibson has the drive and background as a principal, and the personal approach to lead a well-positioned Jackson Park to new successes. His tremendous experience will be invaluable as Jackson Park looks to transition to a global studies and dual language magnet school,” says Dr. Chip Buckwell, KCS Superintendent. “He has done an excellent job in all of his roles in Kannapolis City Schools and we are excited about the outstanding opportunities for students, parents, and staff as Mr. Gibson begins serving as the next principal of Jackson Park.

Mr. Gibson earned his Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Roanoke College in Virginia.

In addition to naming Mr. Will Gibson as the new leader of Jackson Park Elementary School, the Kannapolis City Board of Education announced that Ms. Deana Lewis will serve as K-5 New Teacher and Literacy Support Specialist with the district.

Ms. Lewis has been with Kannapolis City Schools since 1999 and, during that time, has served as a teacher, reading coach, assistant principal, and principal. In this new position, Ms. Lewis will provide support for new teachers in KCS, strengthening program implementation and teacher retention. She will also provide analysis of literacy assessment data and program development to assist teachers with matching student needs with intervention materials and protocols, and then measuring and monitoring outcome for greater student success. “Her previous experiences as teacher, literacy coach, and administrator will give her a unique perspective in this new role,” says Dr. Buckwell. “We are fortunate to have Ms. Lewis’ expertise and her ability to communicate expectations as we look toward the 2020-2021 school year. She is an exceptional leader that is respected unconditionally.”

Deana Lewis will start as the K-5 New Teacher and Literacy Support Specialist in August.

Mr. Will Gibson          Mrs. Deana Lewis

Mr. Will Gibson                           Mrs. Deana Lewis