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 2015 Topeka Public Schools Distinguished Staff. (A brochure highlighting their professional experience and peer review may be found by clicking here.)

2015 TPS Distinguished Staff

Superintendent and Leadership Team
photo of Patricia Adolphson.

Patricia Adolphson
Eisenhower Middle School
Food Service Worker

photo of Barbara Atkins.

Barbara Atkins
Robinson Middle School
First Year Teacher, Secondary

photo of Amber Bagwell.

Amber Bagwell
Lowman Hill Elementary
First Year Teacher Elementary

photo of Brady Dean.

Brady Dean
Burnett Center

photo of Angela Dick.

Angela Dick
Burnett Center
Certified Support Staff

photo of Adriane Evans.

Adriane Evans
Quincy Elementary
Elementary Educator

photo of Carleen Lister.

Carleen Lister
Burnett Center
Office Personnel

photo of Laura Maike.

Laura Maike
Burnett Center
Classified Support Staff

photo of Ron Morehead.

Ron Morehead
Service Center
Operations and Maintenance

photo of Erich Singer.

Erich Singer
Topeka High School
High School Educator

photo of Julie Smoot.

Julie Smoot
Eisenhower Middle School

photo of Catherin Southern.

Catherin Southern
Highland Park Central

photo of Lynette Stueve.

Lynette Stueve
French Middle School
Middle School Educator