Welcome to Topeka High School!
It is my honor to serve as principal of the biggest school in Topeka Public Schools. THS is one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful high school in the entire state, and it is a wonderful place to come to work every day. Our mission driven, caring staff, our strong traditions, and our loyal alumni make it a unique school and one that stays involved with its graduates long after their four years are complete. It is a place where teaching and learning are at the forefront of all we do, and we truly believe that our students come first! It is our desire that every student leaves our doors ready for their post-secondary choice, and that they feel well prepared for the transition away from high school.
BIOGRAPHY: I grew up in western Kansas and attended St. Mary of the Plains, Dodge City, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Math with a Social Studies minor and a secondary education emphasis. I was an athlete, playing college basketball, and continued my involvement in sports for three decades. I also have a Master of Educational Administration and have served administratively for over twenty years at the middle school, high school and college levels; a diverse experience that has given me a unique perspective. Growing up in a small school, I also played in the band, sang in choir and performed in both musicals and plays. I was a member of numerous organizations both in the school and community, an experience that has been valuable as a teacher and administrator.
I began my career in Spearville Kansas during the 1983-84 school year, also working in Leavenworth Public Schools and at Rockhurst University prior to coming to Topeka Public Schools in 2009 as an assistant principal at Topeka High School. I then served as the Principal of Eisenhower Middle School for five years before returning to THS as principal in 2016.
I have three children, Adam (cytogenetics at Mayo Clinic), Christopher (nurse anesthesist in Kansas City), and Erin (MA architecture in Boston). I also have five grandchildren and counting!