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Distinguished Staff

The Distinguished Staff Award is the highest honor and award bestowed on a staff member by the Board of Education of Topeka Public Schools. The Distinguished Staff Awards were created in 1989 as a way to recognize the outstanding performance of TPS staff in their direct and indirect service to our students.

Staff members honored here have distinguished themselves in their service to the children of Topeka. They were nominated by their peers based on the following criteria: Experience, Evidence of Effectiveness (Attitude and Competence), Community Involvement, Zeal in Promoting the Advancement of Education, and their Interest in the Profession. Staff members may nominate their coworkers during specific periods each year; details may be found on the district programs page under forms for staff.

We proudly present the 2014 Topeka Public Schools Distinguished Staff. (A brochure highlighting their professional experience and peer review may be found by clicking here.)

2014 TPS Distinguished Staff

photo of Penny Ascora.

Penny Ascora
Robinson Middle School
Middle School Educator

photo of Nick Gardner.

Nicolas Gardner
Quincy Elementary
First Year Teacher, Elementary

photo of Karen Goodwin.

Karen Goodwin
Burnett Center
Certified Support

photo of Pam Grimes.

Pamela Grimes
Topeka High School
Food Service

photo of Mrs. Kelli Hoffman.

Kelli Hoffman
French Middle School

photo of Ray Jefferson.

Raymond Jefferson
Topeka West High School

photo of John Nesbitt.

John Nesbitt
Service Center
Operations & Maintenance

photo of Harry Peterson.

Harry Peterson
Topeka High School
High School Educator

photo of Nikki Ramirez-Jennings.

Jacquetta (Nikki) Ramirez-Jennings
Jardine Middle School
Office Personnel

photo of Tara Sauer-Jones.

Tara Sauer-Jones
Quincy Elementary
Elementary School Educator

photo of Dennis Watson.

Dennis Watson
Topeka High School

photo of Lorie Weakly.

Lorie Weakly
Information Technology
Classified Support Specialist