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Faces of 501: Janet Rice

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Faces of 501: Janet RiceJanet Rice is a fixed asset specialist with Topeka Public Schools and has been with the district since the fall of 2003. When not at her normal job, Rice is an active volunteer in multiple community organizations. She spends time with the Topeka Police Department Ambassadors, vice-president of the TPD's Citizen Academy Ambassadors, Keep America Beautiful and Safe Streets.
“I enjoy helping in the community.  Volunteering gives me opportunities that I might not otherwise have to meet people and experience new things.  It is personally rewarding for me.  It feels good to lend a helping hand. I appreciate everything that law enforcement officers do to protect my safety and the safety of my loved ones every single day.  So much of what they do is taken for granted.  Law enforcement Officers interact with people who are having their worst day possible.  Through volunteering I am able to show and express my appreciation for what they do.  I want make their day a li…

Faces of 501: Kyle Morris

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Faces of 501: Kyle Morris Kyle Morris, is starting his third year teaching 8th grade science at Jardine Middle School. In his former career Morris was a broadcast meteorologist working at television stations Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Kansas. After working as, a substitute teacher for three Topeka school districts and as a program developer in the education department at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, he joined the transition to teaching program through Fort Hays State University. Morris is currently preparing a lesson plan for the total solar eclipse on Monday. 
“When I was a meteorologist I was able to study in more detail the sciences while also practicing public speaking and performance. My background prepared me for the ability to keep young minds better engaged through that performance and my former career always seems to spark interest and curiosity. I can give them real world information from my experiences of working in science and that initial interest and cu…

Faces of 501: Sgt. Gary Williams

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Faces of 501: Sgt. Gary Williams Topeka Public Schools Police Officer Sgt. Gary Williams has worked for the district since Aug. 2014. In addition to his work at Highland Park High School he is a member of the Kansas Air National Guard's 190th Refueling Wing, Williams will leave for deployment with the 190th on Aug. 28
“The good part about working for Topeka Public Schools is the overall positive attitude. Just about every day, I get to come to HPHS, and be greeted by smiling faces!  Students and staff alike! Also the school hours are fantastic. Having been in public service all my life, I have rarely had a "regular" schedule.  I love being home in the evenings, as I don't feel like I'm missing out on life anymore. When I'm not working, I'm usually working! I have two young children, and of course they occupy most of my off duty time. On top of family, I've been a member of the 190th Security Forces Squadron at Forbes Field for 20 years. I have enjoye…