KCS honors 2017-2018 retirees

KCS honors 2017-2018 retirees
Posted on 05/14/2018
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KCS congratulates our outstanding retirees for 2017-18. 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 retiree ceremony and reception.

                   
                                         

  • Keith Anderson: Keith Anderson is already getting the hang of retirement. He retired in February after teaching Technology Education at A.L. Brown. Even though he had only been at A.L. Brown a relatively short time, he spent a long career in North Carolina public education prior to coming to KCS. He is a wonderful teacher who gave 28 years to educating children, and he is missed at A.L. Brown. We know he deserves his newfound free time, and we hope he is enjoying his retirement.   

     

  • Nancy Barger:   Things still aren’t quite the same at the central office without Nancy Barger. She retired last October after more than 23 years in Kannapolis City Schools. She served as the assistant to the school board and superintendent, and she was everyone’s go-to person. She not only handled every circumstance with grace, charm, and talent, but she also made events special with her culinary skills and knack for making everything just-right. She was great at everything she did, and we all miss her. We hope she’s enjoying her family, friends, and free time.    

     

  • Betty Ann Beaver: It won’t be the same in the lunch line at G.W. Carver without Betty Ann Beaver. She’ll be retiring at the end of the school year after 14 years. She always greeted children in the cafeteria and made it a pleasure to come to lunch during her time in KCS. Everyone at G.W. Carver will miss her, but we all wish her well in her retirement.

     

  • Kenneth Billings: A big smile has been missing from the A.L. Brown hallways for the past several months. Kenneth Billings retired last November as an environmental specialist. He did an outstanding job serving the students and staff for more than five years, and everyone has missed his friendly greetings and wonderful work. We hope he has been enjoying his retirement, and we wish him well.

     

  • Wanda Church: Wanda Church has helped to teach and nurture thousands of children during her time as a teacher assistant in Kannapolis City Schools. She is retiring from Jackson Park at the end of the school year after 26 years of wonderful service to our students and community. Things definitely will not be the same without her, and everyone at Jackson Park will miss her tremendously. We wish her all good things and hope she will come back to visit often.

     

  • (Martha) Marie Cook:  Marie Cook played a pivotal role in getting children to and from school safely in KCS for many years. She was a transportation assistant until she retired this past January. She spent 15 years in Kannapolis City Schools and is greatly missed. We hope she is enjoying her well-deserved retirement.

     

  • Barbara Fisher:  It will be the end of an era in the cafeteria at Shady Brook Elementary when Barbara Fisher retires at the end of this school year. She has been the cafeteria manager at Shady Brook for 18 years and has made a huge impression on thousands of children that have come through the lunch 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.  

     

  • Tim Jackson:    Shady Brook will be losing another smiling face when Tim Jackson retires at the end of the school year. He’s been an environmental specialist for the past eight years and has done as spectacular job. He’ll also be missed in his role as a school bus driver for KCS. Tim is a fantastic employee and has made a wonderful impression on students. He will be greatly missed, but we know he will enjoy spending more time with his family and friends.

     

  • Holly Ketner:     Holly Ketner has been enjoying her retirement since January, and she’s been greatly missed at Forest Park Elementary. That is where she served as a Speech/Language teacher for the past six years. She touched many lives as a vital member of the Exceptional Children’s Department, and she made a positive impact on many lives. We hope she’s enjoying her life as a retiree.

     

  • Jenny Linebarrier: How do you handle all the system’s retirements when the person in charge of retirements retires? That’s been the big question since Jenny Linebarrier began her retirement in March. Jenny was a familiar and helpful face in the central office for 19 years. She led hundreds of KCS employees through the maze of navigating insurance policies and preparing for retirement, and it hasn’t been the same without her. However, we know it’s now her turn to enjoy her retirement, and we hope she’s getting to spend lots of quality time with her family and friends.  

     

  • Mike Love:  Mike Love began his retirement in February after serving as an Environmental Specialist in KCS for five years. He was a valuable part of keeping our district looking ship-shape, and we’ve missed him since he left in February. We hope he is enjoying his retirement, and we wish him all the best. 


  •  Brenda McCombs:       Brenda McCombs served the children of North Carolina and Kannapolis City Schools for 28 years prior to her retirement last October. She was Kannapolis City Schools’ Director of Instructional Technology and made a tremendous impact on the system—literally. She helped to win a multi-million dollar IMPACT technology grant along with many other accomplishments. We’re glad to say that she will continue her service to Kannapolis City Schools in a new capacity beginning next month. She was just elected to the school board and will begin her 4-year term in June. Congratulations! 


  • Patricia Moss:   Patricia Moss is an old pro at retirement by now. She left to spend more time with her family last July. Prior to that, she had been an Environmental Specialist at Kannapolis Intermediate School before the building became known as G.W. Carver Elementary. She did a great job, and we all miss her. We know she’s enjoying her retirement, and we wish her well.

     

  • Kelly Murdock: Everyone at Forest Park Elementary is going to miss Kelly Murdock when she retires on June 1st. She has been a phenomenal teacher and inspired more than a generation of children during her 30 years as a teacher. She’s also inspired her colleagues and all who’ve known her, and it won’t be the same without her. We wish her all the best in her retirement, and we hope she will come back to visit often.

      

  • Phillip Puckett: Phillip Puckett made sure hundreds of Kannapolis City Schools’ students started each day with a smile. He greeted them and drove them safely as a bus driver for Kannapolis City Schools for five years. He also served as an Environmental Specialist before retiring in March. Everyone misses him, and we hope he’s enjoying his retirement.

     

  • Rose Ray:  The folks at G.W. Carver Elementary aren’t quite sure what they’re going to do without the smiling face and wonderful services of Rose Ray. Rose has been a cafeteria manager in Kannapolis City Schools for 22 years, and has made a tremendous impact on thousands of children. It seems that everyone knows Rose, and we’re all going to miss her when she retires at the end of the school year. We wish her all the best as she embarks on this new chapter in her life. 

     

  • Effie Rayburn:  A bright shining face has been missing from Woodrow Wilson since Effie Rayburn retired in January. She served as a Teacher Assistant and Bus Driver and was part of the fabric of Woodrow Wilson. She served the children of Kannapolis City Schools for 12 years and was a wonderful influence. We hope she’s enjoying her retirement, and we wish her all the best. 

     

  • Melva Rice:  The past several months have probably been a whole lot quieter for Melva Rice. She retired last August after five years of being a bus driver and environmental specialist at Woodrow Wilson. Everyone has missed her, but we know she’s enjoying spending more time with her family and friends. We wish her all the best and thank her for her service to Kannapolis City Schools.


  •  Joe Smith: The halls of A.L. Brown High School will not be the same without Joe Smith. He’s been an environmental specialist at A.L. Brown for seven years, and everybody at the school knows him. He will be missed when he starts his retirement at the end of the school year, and we hope he enjoys his extra time with family and friends.


  • Sherry Walter:   It would be an understatement to say that things have not been the same without Sherry Walter in Kannapolis City Schools. She had been part of this school district for 38 years before she retired in March. Sherry worked in the Human Resources Department and had been a friend and inspiration to everyone she met. She also 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 licensure and other HR issues. She has been greatly missed, but we know she’s enjoying her extra time at the lake, and we hope she will stay in touch and visit often. 

  This amazing group of educators gave a total of 320 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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