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posted Dec 22, 2016, 7:09 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated Dec 23, 2016, 7:39 PM ]

James Baker – Crest High Math Teacher and Asst. Football Coach

CCS Work History
I worked four years at Shelby Middle and this year came to Crest high. I have always taught mathematics and coached football. I graduated from Crest in 2003.

Education
I graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in religious education with a minor in mathematics. I graduated from the Godbold School of Business at Gardner-Webb in 2010 with a Master’s in business administration with a concentration in human information systems. I received my teaching license through a program from the TNTP organization, Teach Charlotte, which allowed me to teach my first year in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Family
My wife, Lindsey, is a certified tutor at Boiling Springs Elementary. We have a 2-year-old daughter, Julia Marie, and a newborn son, AJ.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
I love teaching at Crest because of a couple of reasons: it is where I graduated from, so there is a sense of pride and tradition; and I get to coach football at the best program in the state of North Carolina. The Crest community invested a lot in me when I played here in the early 2000's, so being able to give back is a pleasure in itself.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Being a math teacher, I say it all the time: "Show your work." This piece of advice is useful in all types of educational settings. Showing your work proves that you understand the processes that are needed to find a solution to a problem. Showing your work also allows you to see where flaws might exist when trying to find the solution.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
Cleveland County Schools is special to me because it has provided jobs for a number of people in my family. My mother taught in the system for 30 plus years; my wife teaches, my mother in law teaches and I teach, so I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve our students and community which make up Cleveland County Schools.



Ashley Gilmore – Second Grade Teacher at Graham Elementary


CCS Work History
I am a product of Cleveland County, and after graduating college, I decided to return home to give back to my community.

Education
I graduated from Kings Mountain High School and am a graduate of Western Carolina University with a major in Elementary Education and minor in sociology.

Family
I have one brother, George, a sister, Havyn. I am the daughter of Henry and Wanda Gilmore.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
I LOVE the staff at Graham Elementary; we are truly a team that has come together to do what's best for our students.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Do everything with a sprinkle of love.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
It raised me and made me who I am. I am glad to say I am from this wonderful county!




Angie Knapp – Title I Administrative Assistant at Central Services


CCS Work History
I have been at Central Services as the Title 1 Administrative Assistant for a little over a year.

Education
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Advertising from Appalachian State University.

Family
My husband, John Knapp, and I have been married for 19 years and have two children, Reagan and John Michael. Our children keep us very busy with their many extracurricular activities. Reagan is in 9th grade at Crest High, and John Michael is in 3rd grade at Boiling Springs Elementary.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
The relationship that has grown between the staff in the Title 1 office is the true meaning of comradery. Tamara Goforth, Laura Beaver, Gina Gold, Lisa Stachowicz, and Cindy Witherspoon are amazing women that give their all every day. I am blessed to work with such a motivated and experienced group of people that I have learned so much from. These ladies are my friends, and it is a pleasure to work with them. Together, we work hard and laugh hard.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Be a blessing to others. Be a friend to all. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal, and not wound. John and I try to encourage our children to conduct themselves in this manner.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
CCS is special to me because my son attends Boiling Springs Elementary and my daughter is a student at Crest High School. CCS provides my children and others with a superior education along with making a positive impact on their lives. My kids have received first-rate love and care over the years. CCS has also afforded me with a job I love and a group of women who have become my friends.



Margaret Spangler Thomas – Teacher at Kings Mountain Middle


CCS Work History
I am in my 8th year as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Kings Mountain Middle School. I have been a member of the School Improvement Team team, Professional Learning Community leader for my department, and participated in many workshops throughout the county. I am a 2004 graduate of Crest Senior High.

Education
I graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education with a focus in History and English.

Family
I am newly married to my wonderful husband, Robbie Thomas. He and I grew up together even going to college together, and that friendship grew to love. We have two sweet puppies, Sadie Mae, a toy schnauzer, and Shelby, a German short-haired pointer. My family is from Cleveland County and very active in our community.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
I love my co-workers and the level of love and support at KMMS! We have great support from our parents and community.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?

Be kind! You never know what someone is carrying with them as they walk through the day.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?

This is my home. I have spent my life in Cleveland County Schools and couldn't imagine any other place.



Dr. David Walker – Principal at Casar Elementary


CCS Work History
I am a product of Cleveland County Schools. I attended Casar Elementary School, Burns Junior High School, and Burns Senior High School. I began work as a teacher and coach at Burns High School in 1990. I taught math and coached soccer and baseball. In 1994, I switched roles and became a driver education teacher. In 2002, I changed jobs again and became an assistant principal at Burns High School. I was very fortunate to become principal of Casar Elementary School in 2014.

Education
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics/Secondary Education and certification in Driver and Traffic Safety Education from Appalachian State University in 1990. In 1994, I earned a Master of Arts degree in School Administration at Gardner-Webb University. I completed a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership at Gardner-Webb University in 2006.

Family

I am married to Tonya Walker who works as an EC Compliance Manager with Cleveland County Schools. We have two daughters. Morgan is in eighth grade at Burns Middle School, and Jordan is in second grade at Casar Elementary School.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
It is an honor to return to Casar Elementary School as principal since this is where I began my education many years ago. We have wonderful students, a very caring staff, and a supportive community.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Always work hard and never give up. I guess that's really two pieces of advice, but they go hand-in-hand. When there are stumbling blocks in the road of life, don't quit. Don't give up. Keep working hard, and you will find ways to overcome the difficulties.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?

Cleveland County Schools provided me with a quality education while I was a student. I've spent my entire career working in this school system, and I've seen the hard work and dedication from employees here. I'm proud to be a part of Cleveland County Schools.
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