KCS proudly honors 2014-2015 retirees

KCS proudly honors 2014-2015 retirees
Posted on 06/10/2015
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KCS congratulates our outstanding retirees for 2014-15. We proudly honored them at a special reception and recognition ceremony during our June Board of Education meeting.




  • Madelyn Alexander: Madelyn Alexander retired in January from the School Nutrition Department at Jackson Park, and things haven’t been the same since she left. She greeted everyone with a smile and served lunch for the past six years. Everyone misses her, but we hope she’s enjoying her retirement.


  • Pamela Blackwell:        Pam Blackwell has been a familiar face around Kannapolis City Schools for many years. She has served as an office support employee and has helped hundreds of children get to and from school safely in her role as an EC Bus Monitor. Pam will retire in July after 27 years of service to our children, and she will be greatly missed. We wish her all the best.


  • Kim Bost: It has not been the same in the lunch line at Jackson Park without Kim Bost. She retired from her job as the cafeteria manager last month. She had greeted children in the cafeteria for twenty-one years and always made it a pleasure to come to lunch. Everyone at Jackson Park really misses her. We wish her well in her retirement.


  • Pamela Carter:  There will be a big void next year at Kannapolis Middle School without Pam Carter. She has been part of our KCS family for 36-and-a-half years, and we are not sure what we will do without her. Most recently, she has served as the financial secretary at KMS, but she also has been the front desk receptionist and has always been the person who made sure things got done on time and very well. Everyone will miss her, but we know she has earned her well-deserved retirement, and we wish her all the best.  


  • Ann Cline: It will be a sad day at Fred L. Wilson and all of Kannapolis City Schools when Ann Cline retires at the end of the school year. She has been with Kannapolis City Schools for 42 years and has touched the lives of thousands of children. She is an outstanding Exceptional Children’s teacher, and she will be missed tremendously. We hope she comes back to visit and volunteer often, and we wish her all the best as she starts this new chapter in her life.


  • Vickie Crow:  The central office just hasn’t been the same since Vickie Crow retired in March. She led the Accounts Payable section of the Finance Department and was a wealth of knowledge for everyone. She was with Kannapolis City Schools for more than 12 years, and she is missed by everyone. However, we are happy she is enjoying her well deserved retirement.


  • Deborah DePompa:     Debbie DePompa has been a tremendous teacher and leader in Kannapolis City Schools for thirty years. As an art teacher, she has won numerous state and national awards, including the North Carolina Art Teacher of the Year and a Horace Mann Fellowship. She also earned a Fulbright Scholarship, which allowed her to study in Japan. She has been the NCAE’s representative in Kannapolis City Schools, and she is a tremendous ambassador for teachers, students, and public education. She will leave big shoes to fill as she retires at the end of this school year. We will miss her greatly, but we wish her all the best.   


  • Gerald Hefner:   Gerald Hefner has been an inspiration to students and staff in Kannapolis City Schools for 42 years. He has been an outstanding Health and P.E. teacher as well as a great coach. However, he also inspired generations with the love and care he took of his daughter, Erika, who was born with special needs. Everyone at A.L. Brown and throughout Kannapolis City Schools will miss Gerald when he retires at the end of the school year. We hope he enjoys his retirement, and we hope we still see him around A.L. Brown.


  • Barbara Hoover:           Barbara Hoover has taught more than a generation of children in North Carolina. She started teaching 31 years ago, and has been in Kannapolis City Schools since 2008. She teaches fourth grade at Jackson Park. She is an amazing teacher and has made a big impact on her students and the staff at 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.


  • Roxanne Karp: Roxanne Karp will start a new chapter in her life at the end of the school year. She will retire from her job as the Speech Language Pathologist at Kannapolis Intermediate School. She has been with Kannapolis City Schools for five-and-a-half years and has helped many students at KIS. We know she is looking forward to relaxing and spending more time with her family, and we wish her all the best.  


  • Jack Kepley, Jr.:  Jay Kepley has already been enjoying his retirement for the past six months. He retired in December after eleven years of service to Kannapolis City Schools. He was an outstanding teacher and technology specialist at A.L. Brown High School, and he has been missed since he left after the first semester. We hope he is enjoying retirement and spending lots of time with family and friends. 


  • Jennifer Knox:  The past several months have probably been a whole lot quieter for Jennifer Knox.  After 27-and-a-half years of service to the children of North Carolina, Jennifer retired in February. Prior to that, she had been a teacher at A.L. Brown High School. Jennifer, we know it has not been the same being away from students every day, but we hope you are enjoying your retirement, and we want you to know you have been missed.


  • Kay Litaker:       A bright shining face will be missing from Fred L. Wilson when Kay Litaker retires at the end of the school year. Kay has been part of the fabric of Fred L. Wilson, and her smile always makes the day brighter for everyone. She has served the children of Kannapolis City Schools for 30 years and has been a wonderful influence on a generation of children. We hope she will enjoy her retirement and come back to visit and volunteer often.


  • Martha Matthews:         Forest Park is saying good-bye to a very familiar face at the end of this school year. Martha Matthews has been an outstanding teacher at Forest Park and Aycock for 29 years. She has been a strong, positive influence on hundreds of students over the years. She is loved by everyone at Forest Park and will be greatly missed. We know she is looking forward to spending more time with her family, and we hope she enjoys her well deserved retirement.


  • Virginia McCombs.:     The central office has not been the same without Virginia McCombs. She retired in February after being part of Kannapolis City Schools for three-and-a-half years. She did a tremendous job of greeting visitors, handling facilities rentals, assisting with Career Technical Education, and much, much more. She was a great asset to Kannapolis City Schools, and everyone misses her and wishes her well.


  • Gradetta Newsome:  Gradetta Newsome served the students of North Carolina public schools for 29 years before she retired last October. During her time in Kannapolis City Schools, she served at Kannapolis Middle School and Kannapolis Intermediate School as an assistant principal. She was a wonderful educator, musician, and role model, and everyone has missed her since she left. We hope she is enjoying her retirement.


  • Donna Nicholson:  Donna Nicholson got hundreds of children off to a great head start in school. She was an outstanding teacher at the McKnight Child Development Center and made a wonderful first impression on all her students. She retired last November after twenty years of service. She is greatly missed by everyone at Head Start and McKnight, and we hope she is having fun in her new role as retiree.


  • Bertha Mae Parker: Bertha Mae Parker can let us know what it is like to be retired. That is because she has been enjoying her retirement since last August. Bertha was a school nutrition operator at Jackson Park for 26 years. She greeted a generation of children and made sure they had healthy meals at school. Everyone has missed her this year, and we hope she is relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends.


  • Beth Simril:        Beth Simril has also been enjoying her retirement. She retired at the beginning of May as a technology facilitator at Kannapolis Middle School. She had served the children of North Carolina public education for twenty years before she retired. She made a big impression on everyone at KMS and served all the students and teachers very well. She has been missed, but we wish her well in her retirement and hope she is enjoying her newly found extra time. 


  • Linda Wilson: The students at Kannapolis Middle School have been missing one of the friendly faces in their cafeteria for the past several months. Linda Wilson retired in January after serving as a school nutrition operator for more than 14 years. We hope she has been enjoying her retirement, and we wish her all the best.

 This amazing group of educators gave at total of 463 years of outstanding service to Kannapolis City Schools and to North Carolina public education. Two of them exceeded forty years of service, and four had more than thirty years of service. 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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