Fast Facts

  • Information for Newcomers

    We use our mission statement of "creating global citizens anchored in academic excellence" to guide all of the decisions we make with regards to instruction and school improvement. We were the first elementary school in the county to implement "Roundtable", a daily intervention/enrichment period for all students. We also follow the DuFour "Professional Learning Community" model.

    All of our students receive art, music, global corner and physical education instruction weekly. A character education program is also in place, and lessons are taught in the classroom by the guidance counselor.

    Kensington Elementary prides itself on incorporating global education into the curriculum, and thus Kensington has been recognized as an "UCPS International School" for many year. 

    Awards and Recoginition

    School Recognitions:

    • North Carolina High Growth School, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014
    • North Carolina Honor School of Excellence, 2006-2007, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
    • North Carolina School of Distinction, 2005-2006, 2007-2008
    • North Carolina Association of Administrators Award of Merit, 2008
    • UCPS "International School", 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
     

    National Board Certified Teachers

    • Stephanie McLeod
    • Jessica Lequire
    • Kristen Flores
    • Kerri Mickelson

    Teachers of the Year

    • Anita Martin, 2017-2018
    • Jennifer Caldwell, 2016-2017
    • Leah Kuhn, AIG, 2015-2016  
    • Glenn Baron, grade 5, 2014-2015 (top twelve finalist)
    • Laura Bauer, grade 5, 2013-2014
    • Kerri Sofsian, grade 1, 2012-2013 (**Also recognized as the Union County Teacher of the Year!)
    • Jennifer Sinople, grade 4, 2011-2012
    • Jessica Lequire, music, 2010-2011
    • Leigh Ann Worley, grade 5, 2009-2010
    • Laura Aquilone, k/1 multiage, 2008-2009
    • Dana Moritz, kindergarten, 2007-2008
    • Ingela Whitley, grade 4, 2006-2007
    • Deanna Herlong, media, 2005-2006

    Teacher Assistants of the Year

    • Jeremy Heinze, 2017-2018
    • Annette Marin, 2016-2017
    • Dawn Ferguson, 2015-2016 
    • Cindy Pierson, 2014-2015
    • Jill Mitchell, 2013-2014
    • Sharyn Surro, 2012-2013
    • Cheryl Wall, 2011-2012
    • Kathy Privette, 2010-2011
    • Dawn Davis, 2009-2010
    • Pam Rorie , 2008-2009
    • Alcyon Raia, 2007-2008
    • Kendra Kent, 2006-2007
    • Jan Young, 2005-2006

    UCPS Global Teacher Leaders

    • Laura Bauer
    • Kelley Contrera

    VIF International Education Team of the Year: (2013)

    • First Grade: Trevor Althof, Laura Aquilone, Kristen Flores, Sandra Gullion, Kerri Sofsian, Melanie Wilson


    VIF Administrator of the Year (2013)

    • Dr. Rachel Clarke

    VIF Teacher of the Year (2012)

    • Trevor Althof

    CATO Science Teacher of the Year (2013)

    • Dr. Glenn Baron

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