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Jackson Park honorees recognized by school board
Posted on 11/05/2018
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The Kannapolis Board of Education was proud to recognize outstanding representatives from Jackson Park Elementary School during its November board meeting. We are very grateful to the Mary Beth Burgess State Farm Insurance Agency for donating $100 to the Jackson Park library in appreciation of the honorees.


  • Hazel Bonillavillarre:Hazel Bonillavillarre is a first grader at Jackson Park. She is truly a friend to all. Hazel has a maturity beyond her years and begins each day with a smile as she greets everyone with a “Good Morning” and their name. The Jackson Park staff believe Hazel may actually know the name of every person at the school! Coach Kelly says he could fill a page with great things about Hazel, but her best characteristic is that she is a natural leader. She always follows directions and does the right thing. Hazel she says her favorite thing to do is to read with her teacher. At recess, she loves to play with her friends and take pretend pictures of interesting things they see. Hazel says she loves Jackson Park because it is a fun place to be. Her principal describes Hazel as bottled sunshine and says everyone at Jackson Park is excited to honor her as a wonderful example of Panther Pride.


  • Rylan Craft:Rylan Craft is the perfect example of quiet leadership. He does not strive for the spotlight, but his daily actions give his classmates a shining example of good citizenship. Rylan is a loyal friend and is kind to everyone around him. Rylan has a great work ethic and puts in extra time to make sure that what he does is the best it can be. Rylan loves math because he enjoys working with numbers. He especially likes really complicated problems that make him think. Rylan would like to be an engineer when he grows up and work on designing race cars. Rylan also spends time playing sports and camping with his family. When asked what makes a good teammate, Rylan said,” You cannot be a ball hog, and you have to pass it around”. Rylan carries these characters of a good teammate into his classroom where he is more than willing to share materials, attention, and praise. Everyone at Jackson Park is excited to honor the very humble Rylan Craft as an example of Panther Pride.


  • Christina Vaill:Christina Vaill began her partnership with Jackson Park because she wanted to be a part of her son’s education and help the school in any way she could. She organizes and distributes Blessings in a Backpack each week for students who may need extra food to get the through the weekend. She runs the school store and heads up a variety of fundraisers. She also makes sure money from fundraisers is returned to classrooms to benefit students and teachers. She is extremely kind and giving. There is never a time when Ms. Vaill does not have a smile on her face and a hug for a student. She is a bit of a celebrity when she is in the community because she is so recognizable from her time spent at school. She gives countless hours to Jackson Park during the day and then works in the evenings. She says she loves Jackson Park because of the family feeling of the school.


  • Rebecca Bond:Rebecca is an outstanding substitute teacher at Jackson Park. The teachers love having her cover their classes, and Rebecca says she loves working in Kannapolis City Schools. She has worked in many places and says that KCS is different. She says people in KCS speak to each other and greet each other in a friendlier way, and that makes KCS a special place to work. When she is not substituting, she is the Youth Director at Faith Fellowship Church. She also has a passion for taking pictures. She especially loves capturing special moments and being able to reflect on them later. Everyone at Jackson Park loves having Rebecca as part of their school.


  • Chris Ferguson:Chris Ferguson treats Jackson Park like his own home and the people inside it as family. When you become a student’s reward, you know you are making an impact. One student at Jackson Park works hard every day to earn time with Mr. Chris. The student likes working with Mr. Chris because he also wants to keep Jackson Park clean and working well. Mr. Chris is always ready with a funny joke, a witty comment, or a word of encouragement for students. He also keeps staff on their toes with Custodial Tip emails and the occasional funny quote on the school marquee. He models a strong work ethic, pride, and making work fun for staff and students. Jackson Park would not run as well or laugh as much without Mr. Chris, and he is a wonderful example of Panther Pride.


  • Tabitha Vuljanic:The writing guru, Lucy Calkins, once said, “Teaching writing is a matter of faith. We demonstrate that faith when we listen well, when we refer to our students as writers, when we expect them to love writing and pour heart and soul into it.” There are no truer words to describe how Tabitha Vuljanic approaches teaching. Teaching is her mission and how she influences change in the world. She pours her heart and soul into instruction and her students. Her soft spoken words help form deep relationships and provide motivation to make it through a hard day’s work. Not only is Ms. Vuljanic well versed in curriculum and instruction but also builds a strong classroom culture where students treat each other as family. She has implemented Responsive Classroom for years and leads professional development for the other teachers at Jackson Park. Ms. Vuljanic spends a great deal of time teaching students how to speak with each other and treat each other’s ideas and feelings with respect. She also helps students find their intrinsic motivation for learning. She is a truly gifted teacher who works to teach the whole child.


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