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Education: 13 from Cabarrus, Kannapolis honored as Star Teachers

Thirteen educators from Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City Schools were honored for their hard work and dedication at Time Warner Cable’s 14th annual Star Teacher Awards May 19 at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center.
Star Teacher Awards recognize top educators for their ability to positively influence their students. Students, rather than educators or administrators, select the winning teachers, making the Star Teacher Awards unique. Each student made a brief speech about the teacher they honored and presented them the Star Teacher Award.
Each high school in the Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City School systems chose its best all around male and female student from their graduating class as its Star Student. Each student selected the teacher who had the most positive influence in his or her academic career. Students could select a current or previous teacher (from kindergarten to 12th grade) to honor with a Star Teacher Award.
Students, the school they represent and the teachers honored are:
– Stephanie Jernigan, Northwest Cabarrus, Donna Proffit.
– Neil Quinn, Northwest Cabarrus, Rose Zukiewicz.
– Asia Morris, Mount Pleasant, Paula Junior.
– Travis Crayton, Mount Pleasant, Sherry McGowens.
– Julia Jarvis, A.L. Brown, John Bugaiski.
– Jacob Newman, A.L. Brown, Deanna D’Addezio.
“Few issues are more important to our customers and to the communities we serve than education. That’s why Time Warner Cable’s main focus has always been to support education in our communities, said Regional Vice President of Communications, Susan Leepson. “We are proud of our partnership with Cabarrus and Kannapolis School’s and are thrilled with the opportunity to host the 14th annual Star Teacher Awards.”
Bus Drivers of Month
Rowan-Salisbury Schools Director of Transportation Judy Burris has recognized the following employees for exemplary service as bus drivers for May.
A bus driver must adhere to all the duties and responsibilities set forth by the Rowan-Salisbury Schools transportation department and are nominated by their bus coordinator for this honor each month.
North area: Donald Corpening, North Rowan Middle School/North Rowan High School (Bus 298).
East area: Trina Vanhoy, Shive Elementary School (Bus 31).
West area: Steve Goodman, Knollwood Elementary School (Bus 42).
South area: Kay Hunter, China Grove Elementary School/ Knollwood Elementary School (Bus 328).
Salisbury area: Darryl Vaughters, Knox Middle School, Overton Elementary School, Henderson Alternative School (Bus 134).
Special Needs: James Canupp (Bus 87).
RSS recognitions
Rowan-Salisbury School System employees nominated to receive the Customer Service Award, which recognizes employees for achieving excellent customer service include, for May: Linda Pearsall, Kristin SinClair, exceptional children department; Janet Lott-Mitchell, Southeast Middle; Willie Armour, Kim Turbyfill, North Rowan Middle; Cindy Martin, Knox Middle; Johnny Holt, West Rowan Middle; Beth Walton, North Rowan High; Don Knox, principal, South Rowan High; Ray Whitaker, principal, Erwin Middle; Debbie Young, human resources department; Janice Query, Transportation Department.
China Grove Elementary School PTA won the 2008-09 NC PTA President’s Membership Bowl. The school had the highest percentage increase in membership for the 2008-09 membership year. China Grove was recognized at the Parent Leadership Conference in April and received the Silver President’s Bowl, which will be on display at the school for the next year. Stephanie Erwin is the China Grove PTA president.
Charlotte Cherry, teacher and student council adviser at East Rowan High School, was recently named the Region 3 finalist for the Warren E. Shull Award, which entitles her to be one of eight considered for the National Student Council Adviser of the Year award that is offered by the National Association of Student Councils.
West Rowan High School’s Latin Club won their 13th consecutive state competition. The team members are as follows: Carlos Amezquita, Katie Barbee, C.J. Blackwell, Joe Brittain, Mollie Cogburn, Sam Daniel, Dustin Davis, Lindsay Dioone, Jackie Gregorie, Morgan Grissom, Joe Hampton, Chris Holmes, Daniel Hosch, Brett Huffman, Mack Kennedy, Katie Knepp, Christine Lazina, Melani Lippard, Lee Beth Lytle, Nate Lytle, Amanda Matlock, Ricky Meek, Daniel Milam, Luke Miller, Jordan Morris, Leslie Pence, D.J. Petrea, Melissa Phillips, Jacob Pond, Emily Rayl, Magen Shipton, Will Wilson, Austin Wood.
Steve Daniel is the adviser.
The Child Nutrition Managers received the NC DPI 2008-2009 Awards for Excellence.
The purpose of this award is to foster high standards of excellence across the state of North Carolina and to honor those school cafeterias that maintain high standards.
The Child Nutrition Manager Winners are: Bostian Elementary, Linda Branch; Erwin Middle, Mary Duggan; Overton Elementary, Renea Bailey; China Grove Elementary, Debra McBride; China Grove Middle, Cindy Trexler; Cleveland Elementary, Ann Lingle; East Rowan High, Ron Hoslhouser; Elizabeth Koontz Elementary, Sandra Wrights; Enochville Elementary, Janet Brooks; Granite Quarry Elementary, Terri Hobson; Isenberg Elementary, Sylvia Doyle; Hanford-Dole Elementary, Paul Hart; Hurley Elementary, Carolina Hernandez; Jesse Carson High, Stephanie Fesperman; Knox Middle School, Angie Gegorek; Landis Elementary, Donna Spry; Millbridge Elementary, Wanda Pender; Mount Ulla Elementary, Sallie Lowe; North Rowan Elementary, Angela Lambert; West Rowan Middle, Barbara Jordan; West Rowan High, Heather Strickland.
Managers and cafeteria staff participating in Awards for Excellence 2008-2009 conducted activities in the following categories: effective nutrition education, marketing and customer service, management, professional development, environmental management, quality food production.

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