KCS Board recognizes Kannapolis Intermediate School

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 3, 2009

At Monday’s Kannapolis Board of Education meeting, members recognized people from Kannapolis Intermediate School.

* Anna Victoria Jacobs — Jacobs is a model student at Kannapolis Intermediate School. Her overall performance at school is stellar. She has an amazing ability to focus and avoid distractions, and the proactive manner with which she is able to handle disagreements with other students is top notch. Jacobs is always on task and has an extremely mature, responsible attitude for learning, evidenced by the fact that she is consistently on the A/B honor roll. Jacobs is the daughter of Robert and Jane Jacobs.

* Maria Martinez — Martinez is a sixth-grader at Kannapolis Intermediate School who hopes to become a teacher when she grows up. Her teachers say that she is kind-hearted and hardworking, and agree she would make a great teacher one day. Martinez made the A honor roll during the first quarter and continues to turn in excellent work. She is the daughter of Juan and Anayeli Martinez.

* Jeff Johnson — Johnson is the father of Kevin Johnson, a sixth-grade student at Kannapolis Intermediate School. Although Jeff Johnson has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, he still manages to find time to frequent the halls of Kannapolis Intermediate School, offering support and encouragement to the staff.

He is an active member of the PTSO and spearheaded the 2006-2007 fundraiser by organizing the volunteers, collection of money and distribution of prizes.

Johnson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Leonard Johnson and the brother of Rebecca Norris and Tim Johnson. He is a member of Prince of Peace Free Will Baptist Church and loves to spend time with his family, attend NASCAR races and help the needy.

* Kannapolis Intermediate School executive assistants (Diane Burney, Michelle Foster and Mary Beth Hudson) — Diane Burney, Michelle Foster and Mary Beth Hudson are the executive assistants at Kannapolis Intermediate School who all began their careers with Kannapolis Intermediate School during the school’s inaugural year. They have a reputation for excellence and competence. Everyone knows that if there is a question about attendance, student records, purchases or payroll, Burney, Foster and Hudson are the people to call. Principal Chris Ratliff says all three assistants have a passion for people, especially children.

Burney has two children, Sean and Jenifer. She loves to read, exercise, explore the outdoors and is involved in her church.

Foster has one child, Meaghan. In her free time, she loves painting, crafts and custom bath products.

Hudson is married to Jerry Wayne Hudson, an independent contractor. They have two children, Kelly and Kiefer. In her spare time, she loves to cook, travel, spend time with her family and design jewelry.

* Keela DeCoux — DeCoux is a fifth-grade teacher at Kannapolis Intermediate School. Prior to transitioning to Kannapolis Intermediate School, DeCoux was a teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. The fact that DeCoux cares for her students is evident in her classroom. She goes to extreme lengths to see that her students are provided with the experiences needed to be lifelong learners. She has been a resource to the Intermediate School staff and students by being an active member with the Kannapolis City Schools Teacher Council, the student council adviser and the coordinator for Market Day.

DeCoux has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education with a minor in English from the University of Akron, Ohio.

She and her husband Steve have one child, Maya. DeCoux and her family attend Greater Providence Baptist Church and she enjoys shopping, traveling, hiking and spending time with family. She is also an advocate for people becoming organ donors.