THE CHIRP

Charlotte Public Schools is excited to continue “The Chirp” for 2019-2020. This will be the second year of our employee recognition program. The Orioles of CPS dedicate themselves to the success of their students, colleagues, building, district, and community every day. The staff of Charlotte Public Schools truly are amazing! We appreciate the hard work that goes into being a dedicated Oriole, and want to publicly recognize our Oriole team!!

Want to cheer on an Oriole? Submit a “Cheer Chirp.” The link to this form can be found under the Quick Links section on our Employee Recognition page (under Staff from our CPS homepage). This form is quick, simple, and allows for open-ended genuine responses. Your submissions will be communicated out to staff, and posted to this page weekly.

Who can submit a Cheer Chirp? CPS staff, students, parents, community members, anyone!!

See what Orioles are chirping about below!

Week of October 27, 2019

Tamera Weissenborn, Upper Elementary
“Mrs. Weissenborn went above and beyond the help a student after school. He was petrified to get on his bike because of spiders. Mrs. Weissenborn took the time to brush the bike off, turn it upside down, shake it clean, and send him on his way. ” ~Ms. Hadley

Brent Crossman, High School
“Brent always has such a positive attitude. He makes problems seem so small and he's always willing to go the extra mile to make sure all the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed. Thank you!!!” ~Anonymous

Michelle Sine, Central Office
“Michelle goes above and beyond every day to support every person she comes across in a friendly and positive manner. She helps to organize events for the schools and community alike. CPS is lucky to have Michelle!” ~Anonymous

Morgan Manchip, Galewood
“Morgan is so kind to everyone that comes into the office and she works extremely hard to make sure all of us are organized and ready to serve our students. Thank you Morgan.” ~Anonymous

Morgan Manchip, Galewood
Mandy Stewart (Central Office): “Dr. Stewart has been a reinvigorating breath of fresh air for the school district. She is frequently in all buildings, interacting with staff and students. She is a great problem solver and truly wants what is best for our entire school community.” ~Anonymous

Matt Maitland, Central Office
“Mr. Maitland has made an immediate positive impact on CPS. He is one of the most collaborative leaders I have worked with and has a good understanding of what teachers need to be successful. He is always willing to listen, take feedback and act on it. Thank you Mr. Maitland for putting us on a positive path.” ~Anonymous

Cameron Bramer, Washington Elementary
“Cam has an amazing way of connecting with our children at CPS. He fills an important void for many of our students and does so with kindness, sympathy, guidance, expectations and structure. Thank you for being a very important part of our team.” ~Anonymous

Rachel Beyerlein, Parkview Elementary
“Mrs. Beyerlein makes a positive imprint on every student she teaches. How she can possible do this with so many kids I do not know but she does and the kids not only enjoy being with her but learn valuable lessons about health and wellness. They don't even know that they are learning other critical skills like math, science, and reading at the same time!” ~Proud Parent

Week of October 20, 2019

Brian Latty, Food Service
“Brian has done an amazing job developing new programs to help students and families gain more access to nutritional meals. Thank you!” ~Anonymous

Mike O’Leary, Maintenance Department
“Thank you for going above and beyond to make sure the athletic stadium was in great condition for band/athletic senior night. Your assistance was critical in making sure the fireworks were possible and the guests were safe. Thank you for all you do every day for CPS!” ~Anonymous

Laurie Newland, Weymouth
“Thank you Laurie for all of the improvements you are making in the childcare program. We are so excited for what's to come.” ~Anonymous

Christy Huver, Parkview
“Our school recently went on a whole school field trip the the Country Mill. Christy Huver took the time and effort, over several months, to coordinate the bulk of our field trip. Thanks to her willingness to go above and beyond, our students had an amazing time that we will continue to talk about for the rest of the year and beyond.” ~Heather Ferrell

Andy Czaika, Maintenance Department
“Thank you for going above and beyond to make sure the athletic stadium was in great condition for band/athletic senior night. Your assistance was critical in making sure the fireworks were possible and the guests were safe. Thank you for all you do every day for CPS!” ~Anonymous

Emily Nenortas, Aquatic Center
“Emily is a wonderful first point of contact for the school district whether it is with a new student enrollment or an organization wanting to use our facilities. Thank you Emily for always being so kind and welcoming.” ~Anonymous

Kary Parr, Central Office
“Thank you Kary for being so helpful with my payroll questions. I appreciate how you try to explain things different ways until I catch on.” ~Anonymous

Butch Pierce, Maintenance Department
“Thank you for going above and beyond to make sure the athletic stadium was in great condition for band/athletic senior night. Your assistance was critical in making sure the fireworks were possible and the guests were safe. Thank you for all you do every day for CPS!” ~Anonymous

Denise Kendra, Food Service
“Denise is always so kind to families when they call needing assistance. Thank you for your warmth and kindness.” ~Anonymous

Fred Koning, Middle School
“Fred has been amazing since joining the middle school staff! He is always working hard for the students and staff of the school.” ~Anonymous

Nick Pierce, Maintenance Department
“Thank you for going above and beyond to make sure the athletic stadium was in great condition for band/athletic senior night. Your assistance was critical in making sure the fireworks were possible and the guests were safe. Thank you for all you do every day for CPS!” ~Anonymous

Week of October 13, 2019

Tracy Evans, High School
“Tracy goes out of her way for every person, every day, who needs her help. She is wonderful with students, parents, and staff. We love you, Tracy!” ~Anonymous

Kalie McKenna, Parkview
“Kali has jumped into her new role at Parkview and is building relationships with her staff and students. It is easy to see how much she cares and her wish to keep growing for the future!” ~Dr. Stewart

Caroline Wiersma, Upper Elementary
“Caroline is always willing to help out and support every child. She organizes our Second Step and PBIS programs.” ~Anonymous

Megan Greenberg, Parkview
“She comes in every morning with a smile and positive attitude!! She lifts everyone's sports with her energy!!” Trisha

Gretchen McClellan-VanArsdale, Central Office
“Gretchen is doing a great job of trying to get a lot of things in order that have not been. She is really super supportive. Thanks for your great work, Gretchen.” ~Anonymous

John Moran, High School
“Johnnie Mo works hard every day to bring kids great experiences. He brings a big heart and true passion for students to work every day. It's great to work with you Johnnie.” ~Anonymous

Kym Kletke, Parkview
“She is always has a smile on her face no matter what is going on around her. She can usually put a song to a situation which is a great thing to be able to do!! The kids love her!!” ~Trisha

Mallory Blyth, Central Office
“Mallory's influence is felt throughout the entire district. She not only performs her role exceptionally, but she has a positive impact on all of the people and positions that she deals with. She has a vision for how to improve efficiencies and make central office and the district a better place. I learn from her every day! Best of luck to her in the new adventure that awaits. She will be missed!” ~Anonymous

Mark McGarry, Upper Elementary
“On an almost daily basis, I see and hear about Mark reflecting first and foremost on how HE can improve as a leader and educator. I am encouraged and challenged by Mark to have a growth mindset that is always focused on how we can better meet the needs of the students we serve. Mark has the ability to take a vision and transform that vision into an actionable plan for people to follow. He is an incredible asset for the CUE and the district. Thank you for ALL that you do, Mark.” ~Anonymous

Taylor Carew, Parkview
“Taylor is up beat and connects with the kids in her class amazingly!! She keeps the kids engaged in what she is doing! She has a smile on her face and loves her job!!!” ~Trisha

Rachel Bump, Central Office
“With high turnover in Charlotte and schools across the state, HR departments are busier than ever. Regardless of how busy things are with hiring, Rachel always gives a good first impression for CPS. Her friendly and easy-going personality makes her very approachable for incoming staff and veteran staff alike. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the nuances of the hiring process and benefits. We are blessed to have Rachel in Charlotte. Thank you, Rachel, for all that you do!” ~Anonymous

Kathy Vance, Transportation
“Kathy continually works at every level to ensure that kids have access to school, even if she has to drive the bus herself...as she often does! Constant hard work and dedication!” ~Dr. Stewart

Scott Fowler (Upper Elementary):
“Mr. Fowler is a deep thinker and dedicated educator. His heart is always with the kids and giving them the attention and support that they need.” ~Anonymous

Sharon Dietz, Parkview
“Sharon always has a smile on her face and just rolls with what ever is handed her way!! She's an inspection to work with!! ~Trisha

Julie Crossman, High School
“Julie's classroom is a great place to be. Her students know she cares about each of them. Julie brings her best self to work every day.” ~Anonymous

Carl Sandvik, Upper Elementary
“Mr. Sandvik has created a comfortable and challenging classroom where you can feel the energy of learning happening. He models learning in the school as well. He is always willing to try new things and learn new programs.” ~Anonymous

Jessica Hadley, Upper Elementary
“Mrs. Hadley is always willing to help out in another's classroom during her plan. She is keeps a positive attitude, and is joy for students and staff alike to be around.” ~Anonymous

Heidi Ransom, Parkview
“She has had to deal with a lot in the office already this year and does it with a smile and a laugh!! She's very up lifting!! Couldn't imagine not having her with us!!” ~Trisha

Sean Barker, High School
“Thank you to Sean Barker for his vision and passion to establish the Bird Feeder. Every year we gather food for Charlotte to share with the community. Now, we can also gather food to feed our students. Great work getting this started, Sean!” ~Becky Carter

Kate Karpus, Upper Elementary
“Kate is always working above and beyond and was recently recognized by Meemic! Congratulations Kate!” ~Anonymous

Week of October 06, 2019

Dillon Burns, Upper Elementary
“Dillon goes above and beyond on a daily basis, mostly with his remarkable team work. He truly cares about our concerns, opinions and ideas. No matter what level of staff, you can tell he cares!” ~Anonymous

Carolyn Capozzo, Middle School
“I appreciate that you are always there for whoever needs a shoulder to lean on or has a question. Thanks for all that you do for the school and the students.” ~Stephanie Edge

Kathy Burt, Upper Elementary
“I would like to recognize Mrs. Burt for her leadership skills.” ~Anonymous

Julie Masters, Middle School
“Thank you for sharing your resources and guidance. I enjoyed getting to know you and your wisdom with the students.” ~Stephanie Edge

Sarah Davis, Middle School
“Sarah is generous with her gifts and help. She makes sure things get done and people are taken care of.” ~Anonymous

Kim Telfor, Technology
“Kim always answers my tech questions and fixes my tech problems with a smile on her face. Whether it's a question about passwords or actually fixing a physical issue with a broken computer, Kim does it quickly and makes sure I have all of the tools I need to teach my students.” ~Miranda Steward

Abby Halstead, Middle School
“Abby crafts what she knows about students and the curriculum to teach them the best she can. Keep up the great work!” ~Stephanie Edge

Nick Frisbie, Upper Elementary
“Mr. Frisbie jumped right into his role, and is doing a great job! He keeps his kids moving, while giving them a positive experience.” ~Anonymous

Adam Perry, Upper Elementary
“I enjoyed working with you and pushing our students to do their best. I appreciate the collaboration and teamwork we had.” ~Stephanie Edge

Shannon Nevins, Middle School
“Shannon is full of ideas and enjoys sharing the love of mathematics. The genuine camaraderie she formed with me as a colleague was special to me.” ~Stephanie Edge

Nick Boucher, Middle School
“The momentum of your involvement and your genuine leadership has been inspiring. I appreciate the impact you have made and the investment you’ve shown. It makes all the difference.” ~Stephanie Edge

Celena Bruch (Upper Elementary):
“Celena is a positive leader and role model in our building. She looks for the positive in every situation and in every person. She is our resident cheerleader and she never misses an opportunity to encourage and support. She is an Oriole through and through and is a positive spokesperson for our school district. Celena is a living example of Oriole Pride!” ~Angi Jewell

Dillon Burns, Upper Elementary
“Dillon is doing an amazing job as Dean of Students. Hopefully he loves his new job as much as we love having him here!” ~Anonymous

Karen Anderson, High School
“Karen does a lot of behind the scenes support work that helps us keep several of our programs running smoothly. She always puts students first, and is willing to get the extra mile to support them. Thank you for being such a great contributor on the CHS staff!” ~Anonymous

Chelsea Ziegler, Middle School
“I appreciate all your hard work to help provide and address our needs in the school. Thanks for being there when needed!” ~Stephanie Edge

Julie Grech-Kramer, Middle School
“Julie works hard and does her best to make sure what’s done is done right. No matter what she tries to be there however she can.” ~Stephanie Edge

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