School Board honors representatives from Shady Brook Elementary

School board honors representatives from Shady Brook Elementary
Posted on 11/04/2013
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The Kannapolis City Board of Education was proud to honor outstanding representatives from Shady Brook Elementary School at its November meeting.


Caitlin Munoz-Encarnacion:  Caitlin is a wonderful student and an excellent role model for others. She is a 4th grader at Shady Brook Elementary. She arrives at school on time each day and makes sure her brother makes it to his classroom safely. She consistently has her homework and class work completed. Caitlin works hard to pay attention and put forth her best effort on all assignments. She is proud of the work she completes. At lunch and during recess Caitlin plays with everyone. She is very friendly and always accepting of others. Caitlin makes safe choices, is respectful, responsible and a wonderful learner.


Kayleen De La Cruz:  Kayleen is a 4th grade student at Shady Brook who enters the classroom every day with a smile and a positive attitude. She is always prepared and happy to help others both inside and outside the classroom. When students were asked why they wanted Kayleen nominated for this honor, their replies included: She is always nice to others; she helps others without being asked; she is polite, and she is a good friend. Kayleen never has to be asked to include others, as she naturally senses when someone needs an ear or a shoulder to lean on. With everything she does, Kayleen shows a true joy for life and appreciation for the people around her.


Kenneth Clayton: Mr. Ken, as he is commonly known by Shady Brook students, started volunteering as one of the founding members of the “Breakfast Buddies” program. During his time working with this program, it became clear that he was sincere in his work with the students. Mr. Ken began taking a more involved role as a volunteer. During this time, a student was having a difficult time at home and at school. The young lady shared some of her worries with Mr. Ken. He attentively listened and comforted her with kind words. Although he never forgot the other students, he made a connection with this student as much as possible. Mr. Ken has also accompanied students on field trips who might not have been able to have the experience otherwise. Mr. Ken’s giant heart, amazing compassion for those who need him the most, wonderful smile, and happy spirit make him an amazing volunteer.

Dorel Simmons:  Mr. Simmons has worked in the autism classroom at Shady Brook for 2-1/2 years. He is remarkable in the classroom, using his soft, gentle voice to calm nearly every student. He pushes his students to work hard on their goals and celebrates with students each day. He is willing to help throughout the school and makes a point to get to know all the students when waiting on buses in the morning. He is always the first person to have an encouraging word for students and staff when they need it most. Mr. Simmons has been a huge advocate of mentoring boys at Shady Brook that do not have a father figure in their lives. Last year Mr. Simmons made it a priority to eat lunch, make phone calls home, and to have at least one meaningful conversation with his mentee student each day. As a result, the student began to make friends, show progress in academics and most of all started to smile again. Mr. Simmons is also a talented vocalist who has shared his singing with the school in Christmas performances and patriotic concerts.


Brittany Wagner:  Brittany is a Kindergarten teacher who has a spark and vigor for life, her profession, and those around her. In just her second year of teaching, her innate talents combined with her profound work ethic, curriculum knowledge, and collaborative spirit have made her an esteemed role model for students and staff. Despite her short years of experience, Brittany naturally leads her kindergarten team through all areas of the kindergarten spectrum. She has the ability not only to direct but also to use the skills of her team to propel them toward a common goal. While she may not realize it, Ms. Wagner makes all of her colleagues better and more fulfilled through her subtle yet dynamic leadership style. The most evident gift she brings to the students and staff is her heart. She sets high standards for her students and holds them to it. However, her sincere love for her students is never in question, and her kindergarteners know she will do whatever it takes for each and every one of them.




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