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March Board of Education Recognitions

The Kannapolis Board of Education was proud to honor outstanding representatives from around the district at its March meeting. 

Kannapolis Middle School

Ryan Fowler: Ryan Fowler is an exceptional young man.  He is a passionate leader who is also passionate about baseball and has goals to be a sports journalist some day.  He looks for ways that he can improve himself academically in order to achieve his goals, and pushes himself to do his best.

Ryan is welcoming, as well, and is able to communicate and befriend many different types of people.  He is an excellent example of what it means to be a WONDER.

Emma Hamilton: Emma Hamilton is not only a kind and compassionate student; she also excels in her academics and shares her school spirit as a cheerleader.  She pushes herself to do new things that are outside of her comfort zone.  She has found a family in her KCS friends and fellow cheerleaders, and is a bright light in the classroom and at KMS.  She works hard and is a leader for her peers.  Her teachers see that Emma has an incredible future ahead of her!

Josh Shepard: Josh Shepard has stepped in and juggled being a long-term substitute while serving as both a full-time youth pastor and the KMS 7th grade boys’ basketball coach.  Josh has done an amazing job of stepping into the building and bonding with students and teachers to make Kannapolis Middle a better place each and every day.

Sonya White: Sonya White is not only a fabulous Teacher Assistant but also one of the best bus drivers serving Kannapolis Middle School.  She ensures the safety of all students when she drives and treats her bus as her classroom.  Sonya has little to no behavior issues because she has established routines, clearly defined and communicated expectations, and shows her students she cares on a daily basis.  She also pitches in every afternoon, working with KMS administration to start the bus dismissal process.  The middle school truly appreciates her and all she does!

Kayla Crayton: Kayla Crayton is exceptional with the EC students in her classroom, while also coaching basketball and volleyball.  She is very involved in Kannapolis Middle and is always willing to help out wherever needed.  In addition to these contributions, Kayla has also been the driving force for the Special Olympics at KMS and makes sure there is always an exciting and positive send-off for students!

Micah Kelly: Micah Kelly teaches 8th Grade Math and Math I at KMS.  She goes above and beyond for her students to make learning fun.  She creates glow parties, cakewalk math activities, and more to keep them engaged in learning.  Micah builds strong, positive relationships with her students and earns their respect.  She also serves as the cheerleading coach and does an EXCEPTIONAL job keeping the team motivated while encouraging them to improve their skills.  Micah is a huge asset to Kannapolis Middle.

The Board was also pleased to recognize the Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month, Corinne McAuley, Science Teacher from Kannapolis Middle School.

Corinne McAuley is an amazing 8th grade Science Teacher at Kannapolis Middle School.  The parent who nominated Ms. McAuley said she exemplifies what it means to be an exceptional teacher through her character, supportive nature, and obvious love for teaching.  The parent went on to share that their child enjoys being in Ms. McAuley’s class because she makes learning fun with creative experiments and hands-on projects, linking learning concepts with practical knowledge.  The parent also said, “I couldn’t ask for a better instructor for my child and appreciate all of the positive things my child shares about Ms. McAuley’s classroom.  I can personally say that I appreciate Ms. McAuley’s effort to communicate with parents through monthly newsletters and Remind messages to keep parents abreast of vital information such as test dates, important forms to be signed, and other school announcements.”

KMS Principal Nick Carlascio noted, “Ms. McAuley always finds the positive in things, builds great relationships with her students, and sets up a classroom of all hands-on activities with students working in groups together.”  He also remarked that Ms. McAuley and her team truly function as one!

We’re extremely proud that Corinne McAuley is part of our KCS family, and we’re delighted that she is being honored with the Hilbish Ford Outstanding Teacher Award for March. Congratulations!

NCDPI Finalist for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program | Emma Wallace, Senior – A. L. Brown High School

Emma Wallace was recently selected by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to move forward to the next round of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  Emma is one of twenty nominees selected from a pool of submissions through an extensive committee review process and will go on to compete at the national level.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.  Each year, more than 100 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.  This year’s national scholars will be announced in May.

Emma’s outstanding academic achievements make her a standout among North Carolina high school seniors.  A. L. Brown Interim Principal Dr. Sara Newell shared that Emma is truly exemplary in all aspects of her life.  She is enrolled in the A. L. Brown High School AP Academy, takes Project Lead the Way Engineering courses, and is involved in Advanced Theater Arts where she is currently a teacher intern.  Emma is also the secretary for the National Honor Society, the treasurer for the International Thespian Society, a BETA Club member, and a member of the Link Crew.  She is an amazing role model to her peers, a collaborative team player, and a servant leader.  Most importantly, Emma’s character is what makes her a Wonder.  She is humble, does not complain, and keeps a strong composure while living life with grace and fortitude at all times.

Emma, the Kannapolis City Board of Education is proud of you and your selection to continue in this prestigious process.  We congratulate you for this wonderful accomplishment and we are delighted to recognize you tonight.


Traci Anderson: Traci Anderson has served in public education in North Carolina for just over 20 years, the last of which she has spent serving in Exceptional Children’s classrooms at A. L. Brown High School.

Her A. L. Brown coworkers and administrators shared that Ms. Anderson is an all-around kindhearted individual who loves all of the children she works with.  One of the greatest impacts she has made in recent years was taking over virtual sessions for ILC students during COVID.  Ms. Anderson created differentiated lessons for students, met with them individually and in groups, and worked with a P.E. coach to make sports equipment so the students could continue to participate in Adapted PE.  The students and families were so grateful for Ms. Anderson, especially during this unusual time.

Staff and students alike will remember Ms. Anderson’s empathetic nature.  She has truly understood her students and worked tirelessly to help meet their needs.  Her grace and ability to unify people will be missed.

Traci, thank you for all you have done for students and staff at A. L. Brown and the community of Kannapolis City School.  We hope you enjoy this WONDERful new adventure!