KCS honors 2018-2019 retirees

KCS honors 2018-2019 retirees
Posted on 05/14/2019
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KCS congratulates our outstanding retirees for 2018-19. We proudly honored them at a special reception and recognition ceremony during our May Board of Education meeting. Read more about the retirees below, and click here to see a photo gallery of the 2018-2019 retirees.


  • Angela Anthony: A very familiar face will be leaving the halls of Woodrow Wilson Elementary at the end of this school year. Angela Anthony has been serving the students of North Carolina for 29 years, and she has been in KCS since 2002. She will be retiring at the end of the school year, and she will be greatly missed. She is an outstanding teacher, and we wish her all the best as she begins her retirement.


  • Monte Armes:Monte Armes has been enjoying his retirement since last July, and he has been missed. Monte served as a teacher assistant at Jackson Park Elementary for ten years and made a tremendous impact on the children there. He earned his well-deserved retirement, and we hope he continues to enjoy his extra time with family and friends.


  • Alan Cauble: Alan Cauble was part of Kannapolis City Schools for more than a quarter century and was known and loved by so many across the district. He retired last October after 27 years. He led the transportation department and helped thousands of students get to school safely. He had also served as the A.L. Brown Cafeteria Manager during his long career in KCS. We miss Alan and hope he is enjoying his well-deserved retirement.


  • David DePompa: David DePompa has been a versatile and valuable part of Kannapolis City Schools for many years. Most recently, he has served as a Teacher Assistant in the Exceptional Children’s Department and has worked one-on-one with a student. He also has been the cafeteria manager at A.L. Brown High School during his career with KCS and has been a teacher assistant at Kannapolis Middle School. Altogether, Mr. DePompa has served our students for 15 years. We will miss him when he retires at the end the year, and we wish him all the best as he begins the next chapter of his life.
  • Reginald Johnson: A big part of A.L. Brown left the hallways last fall, and everyone at the high school is still feeling his absence. Chief Reginald Johnson had been part of the Junior ROTC Program at A.L. Brown for 20 years and was beloved by thousands of students. His impact is still being felt, and he is very much missed by everyone at A.L. Brown. We wish him all the best and hope he is enjoying his retirement.


  • Rebecca Knipp: Rebecca Knipp is an outstanding Speech Teacher at Fred L. Wilson Elementary. She will be retiring at the end of the school year, and everyone at Fred L. Wilson will miss her. She has been part of KCS for nine years, and we hope she will enjoy the next chapter as she begins her retirement in July.
  • Mark Linn:Things will be very different at A.L. Brown High School next year after Mark Linn retires. Mr. Linn has been part of Kannapolis City Schools and A.L. Brown for twenty-eight years as an Exceptional Children’s Resource Teacher. He has done an amazing job and impacted hundreds of students. We will miss him, and we wish him all the best after he retires at the end of the school year.


  • Julie Lison:It will be the end of an era in the cafeteria at Shady Brook Elementary when Julie Lison retires at the end of this school year. She has been part of the cafeteria staff at Shady Brook for more than 15 years and has made a huge impression on thousands of children that have come through the line and seen her smiling face. She will be greatly missed by everyone at Shady Brook, and we wish her all the best as she embarks on her well-deserved retirement.

  • Sherri Matheny:  Sherri Matheny has taught more than a generation of children in North Carolina. She started teaching 29 years ago and has been in Kannapolis City Schools since 2002. She teaches Kindergarten at Jackson Park and has been a vital part of the school. She is an amazing teacher who has made a big impact on the students and staff of Jackson Park. It will be a big loss when she retires at the end of the school year. She will be greatly missed, but we know she’s looking forward to being able to relax and start her retirement July 1st.


  • Lynn Reynolds:      Things have not been the same since Lynn Reynolds retired at the end of February. She had been part of KCS for more than 20 years working in the Human Resources Department. She knew just about everyone in the district because of her long career and the fact that she helped welcome new teachers every year and worked with hundreds of staff members on various HR issues. She has been greatly missed, and we hope she is enjoying her life after KCS!


  • Wendy Stirewalt:    The folks at Forest Park Elementary aren’t quite sure what they’re going to do without the smiling face and wonderful services of Wendy Stirewalt in the cafeteria. Wendy has been part of the School Nutrition Department for 21 years and has made a tremendous impact on thousands of children who have passed through the cafeteria during that time. She will retire at the end of this month, and everyone at Forest Park will miss her. We wish her all the best as she embarks on this new chapter in her life.


  • Angela Ward: We cannot even begin to calculate the number of children served or the lives changed by Angela Ward during her long and wonderful career in KCS. She served as the Social Worker at A.L. Brown High School and touched hundreds of lives through getting much needed services for A.L. Brown students and their families. She also served tirelessly on community boards and agencies to get help for all children and families in the community. She retired in February after nearly 35 years of service to North Carolina school children and 25 years in Kannapolis City Schools. She is greatly missed, and we hope she is enjoying her very well deserved retirement.
  • Shrree Wilkie: Shrree Wilkie was an active and wonderful part of Kannapolis City Schools for more than 12 years. She served as a Teacher Assistant at G.W. Carver Elementary but also took on many roles after school and did many volunteer activities. She touched hundreds of children’s lives during her time in KCS, and she has been missed since she retired in December. We wish her all the best.
  • Sydney Yow:The halls of Fred L. Wilson will not be the same next year without Sydney Yow. She has been part of Fred L. Wilson for fourteen years and will be retiring at the end of the school year. Everyone at Fred L. Wilson will miss her friendly and familiar face, and we hope she will enjoy her retirement and the next chapter of her life.

This amazing group of educators gave a total of 290 years of outstanding service to Kannapolis City Schools and to North Carolina public education. The Board of Education and administration are extremely grateful for all your contributions. On behalf of all the children you taught and served, we wish you the best as you embark on your retirement.

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