Topeka High School paraprofessional Sal Cruz is the TPS Above and Beyond winner for the month of November. He was nominated by Topeka High band director Steve Holloman. Cruz has been a part-time para for TPS since 1998. From the appearance of his packed schedule, one would never guess he is only a part-time employee. Holloman writes the following about Cruz and his work:
“Sal Cruz is a tireless worker at Topeka High School. His official schedule requires about two and half hours of service each day, but he puts in way more time. He works year-round with the Topeka High percussionists, providing instruction and performance opportunities. His drumline has performed well over 20 times already this school year for audiences in Topeka, Shawnee County, Humboldt, Harveyville and Overbrook (among others). His performance schedule usually entails upward of 60 appearances each year. Sal puts in an enormous amount of time for the love of his students and love of music.”
Cruz also teaches at Mater Dei Catholic School. In 2008, he was selected as a Topeka Public Schools Distinguished Staff Award winner. Congratulations Mr. Cruz!