Board honors outstanding reps from G.W. Carver Elementary

Board honors outstanding reps from G.W. Carver Elementary
Posted on 02/28/2019
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The Kannapolis Board of Education was proud to recognize outstanding representatives from G.W. Carver Elementary School during its February board meeting. We are very grateful to the Mary Beth Burgess State Farm Insurance Agency for donating $100 to the G.W. Carver library in appreciation of the honorees.

  • Melaysiah Pharr: Melaysiah Pharr is a 5th grader who is the perfect student to represent G.W. Carver. She is full of life and happiness and brightens any room she walks into. She comes to school with a big smile and a positive attitude towards learning and her fellow classmates. She is the first student to arrive and the last to leave. She is always a friendly face that classmates - or even teachers - need to start their day on the right foot. Melaysiah epitomizes what Carver strives to be through her hard work and the way she acts as a positive role model and carries herself with grace and dignity. She NEVER complains and is always willing to be an extra hand when one is needed.


  • Antonio Vazquez:Antonio “Tony” Vazquez is a 5th grader who is one of the neatest kids on campus!The Carver staff wanted to recognize Tony for his AWESOME attitude and AMAZING sense of humor that have him SOARing every day! Tony goes above and beyond in the classroom and is a perfect model for students and staff of treating others with kindness and an open mind. Tony is always willing to include others in his group and makes them feel like part of the team as they work together to solve problems. He puts a tremendous amount of effort into his schoolwork. He sets high expectations for himself and others and does what is necessary to make sure everyone meets those goals collectively.


  • Wanda Clowney: Wanda Clowney is the epitome of a School Volunteer. In fact, her picture is probably next to the description in the dictionary! Wanda supports staff and students on a regular basis, spending two days per week at Carver throughout the year. She not only asks teachers what they need but also checks on students to make sure they are making good choices and working hard. It is easy to see that Wanda genuinely cares for every student at Carver. She works hard to help students practice skills, and she has an uncanny ability to take a project and run with it without detailed instructions. She is flexible, reliable, and always willing to do whatever is asked. Additionally, during her “down” time, Wanda helps in the main office by organizing spaces like storage closets and the food pantry, which helps the day-to-day operations run smoothly.

  • Tracy Asbury: Tracy Asbury has been a lifesaver for the teachers and students at Carver this year. She has become a mainstay, displaying a level of versatility and willingness not often seen in substitutes. Regardless of the grade level or Encore class, Tracy has effectively covered classrooms at every level this year. Most notably, she recently completed coverage of a long-term leave, willingly taking on all of the responsibilities of a true classroom teacher for 9 weeks at the eleventh hour. It is never easy to walk into another person’s classroom and educate the future, but somehow Tracy does it and makes it look easy. She goes the extra mile to communicate with parents. She also spends time learning lesson plans, asking questions, and modifying lessons for students, while still holding everyone accountable to the school’s expectations. She is amazing!

  • Kelly Keller: Kelly Keller is the assistant in Ms. McGill’s Exceptional Children’s Self-Contained classroom. From the start of the day to the end, Kelly is actively engaged in teaching students through small groups or in 1-on-1 sessions. She is ALWAYS calm and nurturing and always has a smile on her face and a positive outlook - no matter how challenging the student or moment!Kelly has an uncanny ability to relate to and redirect students that might shut down easily, always finding a connection to bring out the best in them! No matter the situation, Kelly constantly goes above and beyond for the students in Ms. McGill’s class.

  • Brooke St. Clair: Brooke is an absolutely amazing 2nd grade teacher - who just happens to be in only her second year in the profession! In the short time she has been teaching, Brooke has shown tremendous teaching talent as well as outstanding leadership skills. She is already known as a leader in her classroom, among her grade level colleagues, and across the school. From day one, Brooke has been a team player, willing to help anyone at any time. She is highly student focused and builds lasting relationships while consistently giving quality instruction designed around her students’ needs. Even more impressively, for a large portion of the first semester, the 2nd grade team at Carver had a number of circumstances that left them short-staffed. However, through it all, Brooke served as an anchor during the storm, taking care of lesson plans and all the “behind the scenes” stuff to keep classrooms afloat. Thankfully, due to her forethought and selfless effort, students in those classrooms did not miss a beat!


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