School Board honors reps from A.L. Brown High School

School Board honors reps from A.L. Brown High School
Posted on 03/14/2019
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The Kannapolis Board of Education was proud to recognize outstanding representatives from A.L. Brown High School during its March board meeting. We are very grateful to the Mary Beth Burgess State Farm Insurance Agency for donating $100 to the A.L. Brown library in appreciation of the honorees.

  • Erryn Moody: Erryn Moody is an outstanding senior at A.L. Brown. She embodies the words of Dr. Martin Luther King who once said, “’Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?’”  Erryn Moody is constantly focused on helping others. Through her memberships in the Beta Club, Link Crew, Student Council, and Hunters Chapel United Methodist Youth Group, she spends her time doing unto others through volunteer work. Besides volunteering in the community and at school, Erryn has piloted a program at her church, ‘Socks and Sandwiches, which helps the homeless. Erin plans to study Forensic Psychology and Law after graduating from A.L. Brown.

  • Jason Puckett:Jason Puckett is a versatile and talented student at A.L. Brown. His interests range from flight school and engineering to theology. These interests actually tie together because they all involve design, purpose, process, follow through, and above all, discipline. These qualities helped Jason earn the prestigious Eagle Scout Award. His project included building an outdoor classroom at Forest Park that is used by students and the community. Because of his outdoor classroom, students are able to engage in project-based learning and other activities that need to take place outside, which creates a versatile learning space for kids. Jason is also a talented musician. He plays trumpet in the Marching, Concert, and Jazz bands. He also was featured as part of last year’s A.L. Brown play, “Guys and Dolls.” Jason will continue his education at Western Carolina in the fall.


  • Renee Hoagland: Renee Hoagland is a proud parent and volunteer at A.L. Brown. Recently, Renee single-handedly organized a raffle at an A.L. Brown Open House in which thousands of dollars of merchandise was given away to raise money for the PTSO. The smiles on the faces of those who walked away with gifts were priceless and made the evening even more meaningful for many A.L. Brown families. These are the kinds of things Renee frequently does as she volunteers for Kannapolis City Schools. Fellow PTSO member, Meg Lemelin, says that Renee has a giving heart and a passion for serving A.L. Brown that is contagious among parents.” Along with her husband Tim, Renee is a big part of the A.L. Brown Marching Band. The two give countless hours supporting their daughter Olivia, who served as the Drum Major for this year’s version of the Big Green Machine. The Hoaglands are a big part of the success of A.L. Brown High School and everyone is grateful for their service.


  • Victoria Giraldo: Brian Tracy once said, “Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do.” That statement perfectly describes Victoria Giraldo, who is the front office assistant at A.L. Brown. She constantly commits herself to become excellent at what she does every day. Often starting at 4am with an early morning text from an employee who needs a last minute substitute to staying until 6pm to finalize coverage for the next day, Victoria is always available. The rapport she has built with substitutes is a big reason they continue to come back to A.L. Brown. When they arrive, they are greeted with the biggest smile and a HUGE hug and then trained on what needs to happen during the day. Victoria is a master organizer who keeps everything running smoothly, and she does it with cheerful enthusiasm. She also translates for families who are in need of talking to teachers, counselors, or administrators at a moment’s notice. As if all of that were not enough, she also is responsible for processing bus requests for new students or students who have a new address. We are more than blessed to have Mrs. Victoria Giraldo in our main office, we are honored and privileged to be amongst her love, dedication, passion, and enthusiasm for all staff and students here at A. L. Brown High School.

  • Leanna Gardner: Leanna Gardner is an outstanding English teacher at A. L. Brown. She works hard to get to know her students individually and to support them in the classroom. She is the advisor to the student council and helps put on all kinds of programming such as the staff vs. students basketball game. Her work for the Student Council brings her to many school events as she coordinates the student council volunteers and supports their spirit for school leadership. Ms. Gardner is a driven advocate for students. She helps them prioritize their academic responsibilities and balance them with extra-curricular enrichment. This year, she took on a new leadership role serving as the chair of the English department. She has led with kindness, fairness, vision, and a unifying spirit. She always leads by example and models scholarly ethic. Everyone at A.L. Brown is extremely proud to have this true Gryffindor supporting the Wonders at A. L. Brown.


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