The first Topeka Public Schools’ Leadership Academy held its first activity December 6th. That’s when ten current teachers signed a two year commitment to the academy that will end with them receiving a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University. The following teachers have been selected to participate in the first annual TPS Leadership Academy: Heather Calvert (Meadows), Rebecca Hackett (McClure), Shandy Hayes (Whitson), Brenda Joyal (Shaner), Tara Martin (Bishop), Pilar Mejia (Quinton Heights), Gary Richmond (Jardine), Carrie Rohr (Stout), Angela Soper (French/Eisenhower), and Courtney Yeoman (Jardine).
Topeka Public Schools pays for books and a mentor and provides a place to meet in Topeka. The leadership academy will be lead by KSU Professor Dr. Mary Devin.
Executive Director of Administration Tammy Austin said, “The TPS leadership Academy is designed though a partnership with Kansas State University to cultivate teacher leaders. Empowering teachers with the knowledge and skills to be effective leaders is critical for our district’s success in retaining and recruiting new professionals, moving our strategic plan forward and grooming teachers for new leadership roles. We must build leadership capacity to ensure that our educational mission is carried out and ultimately, our students are provided with a world class education.”