• Kia Outstanding Educator Awards
    2018-2019 
     

VIDEO: Announcement of 2018-2019 Winner

  • Kia Outstanding Educator Awards
    Click the video to watch Kathleen Macdonald, teacher assistant at Bessemer City High School, win the 2018-2019 Kia Outstanding Educator Award and a new car from Kia of Gastonia. Macdonald was one of 55 employees honored during the sixth annual Kia Outstanding Educator Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 17 at Stuart W. Cramer High School.

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    Kathleen Macdonald was our 2018-2019 Kia of Gastonia Outstanding Educator  
    Congratulations, Kathleen Macdonald of Bessemer City High School. 
    She's our Kia Outstanding Educator for 2018-2019!

Kia Outstanding Educator Award Nominees

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    Below is a list of the ϲ̳ Kia Outstanding Educator Award nominees for 2018-2019:
    • Ashbrook High – Leslie Wyatt
    • Beam Elementary – Amy Jackson
    • Beam Intermediate – Kim Beam
    • Belmont Central Elementary – Teresa Whitesides
    • Belmont Middle – Sandra Crawford
    • Bess Elementary – Donald Darby
    • Bessemer City Central – Robin Hensley
    • Bessemer City High – Kathleen Macdonald
    • Bessemer City Middle – Amy Medlock
    • Bessemer City Primary – Erin Morehead
    • Brookside Elementary – Lisa Robinson
    • Carr Elementary – Mike Gummeson
    • Catawba Heights Elementary – Barbara Miller
    • Central Office – Arthur Ware
    • Chapel Grove Elementary – Julie Champion
    • Chavis Middle – Larry Montgomery
    • Cherryville Elementary – Katie Estes
    • Cherryville High – Rob Webb
    • Costner Elementary – Marisha Boone
    • Stuart W. Cramer High – Kristen Sanders
    • Cramerton Middle – Kristin Hedrick
    • East Gaston High – Billy Morrow
    • Forestview High – Angela Olmstead
    • Friday Middle – Hattie Brooks
    • Gardner Park Elementary – Druscilla Hill
    • Gaston Early College – Leah Stewart
    • Grier Middle – Laura Benson
    • Hawks Nest STEAM Academy - Stephanie Paul
    • Highland School of Technology – Nancy Taliaferro
    • Holbrook Middle – Lee Connor
    • Hunter Huss High – Tina Walker
    • Kiser Elementary – Lisa White
    • Lingerfeldt Elementary – Jeff Bowers
    • Lowell Elementary – Arthur Tolbert
    • McAdenville Elementary – Charles Poole
    • Mount Holly Middle – Fahreta Ibrakovic
    • New Hope Elementary – Aaron Smith
    • North Belmont Elementary – James Hyman
    • North Gaston High – Donna Johnson
    • Page Primary – Keith Mullins
    • Pinewood Elementary – Emily Vaughn
    • Pleasant Ridge Elementary – James Giambusso
    • Rankin Elementary – James Mack
    • Robinson Elementary – Jennifer Albergine
    • Sadler Elementary – Sara Cannon
    • Sherwood Elementary – Warren Williams
    • South Point High – Stephanie Gee
    • Southwest Middle – Toni Church
    • Springfield Elementary – Melody Crouse
    • Stanley Middle – Mary Blanton
    • Tryon Elementary – Najetta Gingles
    • Warlick Academy – Cheryl Hudson
    • Webb Street – Stephanie Carpenter
    • Woodhill Elementary – Cyndi Hibbler
    • York Chester Middle – Carole Hamblin
  • From the Superintendent
     
       Superintendent Jeff Booker Again this year, Kia of Gastonia sponsored the Outstanding Educator Awards program that recognized the “unsung heroes” of ϲ̳. The program honored 55 employees – one from each school and one from the Central Office – who go beyond expectations to help our schools, but don’t always get praise for a job well done.

    The Outstanding Educator Awards ceremony was held Wednesday, April 17 at Stuart W. Cramer High School. While all nominees were honored during the ceremony for their hard work and commitment to ϲ̳, one emerged as the Kia Outstanding Educator and received a new car from Kia of Gastonia. A random drawing was conducted to see which nominee won the 2018 Kia Soul.

    The Kia Outstanding Educator Awards ceremony has been an excellent program for the past six years, and had another suspenseful and exciting event. All schools had representatives at the ceremony to support their nominees.

    We are extremely grateful to Chris Hafer, president of Kia of Gastonia, for making this important recognition program possible. Mr. Hafer wanted to show appreciation and support for our schools and the car giveaway is how he says “thank you” to all school employees for providing excellent educational opportunities to children.

    Our first four winners – W.A. Bess Elementary's Omer Salazar in 2013, Gardner Park Elementary's Stevie Anderson in 2014, W.A. Bess Elementary's Julie Shatterly in 2015, Pinewood Elementary's Kim Costner in 2016, and Stanley Middle's John Stone – were most deserving of the award and new car from Kia of Gastonia. 

     
    W. Jeffrey Booker
    Superintendent of Schools