Dr. Laura Lyons - Assistant Principal, Division 2


I am excited to join the Topeka High leadership team as an Assistant Principal in Division II this year. I am responsible for students with the last names Ro through Z along with a talented team of our academic counselor, Heather Colp; personal/social counselor, Greg Fallon; and social worker, Lesia Carter. We are lucky to have the talented Mr. Rodney Johnson in Division II, alongside the bright face of our office, Briseida Sandoval. 

 When I began working for Topeka Public Schools in 2004, I taught English at Hope Street Academy, where I was also the curriculum coordinator and later project coordinator from August 2005 to May 2017. In addition to these roles, I was the instructional coach and second in charge for several years. Prior to my work at Topeka Public Schools, I taught and was the building spokesperson at Youth Educational Services in Moorhead, Minnesota. I have been teaching in secondary schools since 1998. Before that, I taught at a business college. In my earlier career, I worked in retail and business management, selling shoes, flowers, and musical instruments and accessories. I have degrees from Minnesota State University in English Education, and Curriculum and Instruction. My PhD is in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk! 

 Teaching and learning along with my students and teachers is one of the greatest joys of my life! I look forward to learning about Topeka High as I work alongside teachers, students, and parents who have spent time steeped in the traditions of Topeka High School. The commitment to preparing students for college and career through a variety of pathways is great at Topeka High, where there is a multitude of ways to grow and pursue excellence. A second commitment is to building relationships among staff and students that allow young people to learn the personal and social skills important in a global society. Knowing and respecting one another so that we may work toward continuous academic, personal, and social growth is a priority at Topeka High. Attending to each students' growth is important to the Topeka High staff. Measures that employ the use of data to enhance this practice are being shored up this year. I would like to welcome our new students and confess that I am very excited to meet returning students! Please introduce yourself at Open House on August 22nd! I look forward to building relationships with each parent and student as the year begins. You can email me at llyons@tps501.org or call me at 785.295.3209.