Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Famed Teacher Retires after 40 Years in USD 501

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Famed Teacher Retires after 40 Years in USD 501

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EDUCATION

Pam McComas' students and colleagues from her 40 years of teaching in Topeka Unified School District 501 all agree that she pushed them to achieve more.

McComas taught pre-Advanced Placement English, debate and forensics for 35 years at Topeka High School. She coached more than 200 high-school debaters to the national level, including five national champions.

After retiring at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, McComas began working as an education supervisor for Emporia State University, her alma mater. She also returns to Topeka High by request to work with current debate and forensics students.

This past June, McComas was inducted into the Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame in Dodge City. Criteria for the honor include continuous pursuit of educational opportunities as an educator, a willingness to share ideas through workshops and classes, involvement in community activities, educational recognition and awards, and a positive and exemplary philosophy of education. …

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