Topeka West Teacher Named Above & Beyond Winner

Many of you are familiar with the Above & Beyond  Award.  It is a monthly award that goes to a teacher, staff member, parent or community volunteer who goes above and beyond to help deliver services to students.

The October Above & Beyond Award goes to Maggie Corcoran.  Maggie is a language arts resource and 9th grade English teacher at Topeka West High School.  Fellow teacher Jason Berryman nominated Maggie for the award.  “Although she has only been working as a full-time educator for less than 5 years, Maggie has risen above the rest of us as the “go-to” person to get things done.  Inside the classroom she provides a safe and nurturing educational atmosphere for her students and outside the classroom she coordinates the National Honor Society, leads the faculty and staff together group in her building, assists at extra-curricular events and recently spearheaded the faculty tailgate event before the first home football game,” said Berryman.

Topeka West Principal Dustin Dick said, “Maggie is a hard-working, dedicated professional who not only cares about the students, but also cares about the staff.  She is always willing to help wherever and whenever needed.”  When told of the award, Maggie responded, “It is easy to go above and beyond when you love your job.”

If you would like to nominate someone for the Above & Beyond Award, go to the district website (  At the bottom of the page, click on staff site, then formers for staff, then district programs.  You will find the Above & Beyond application form.

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