Nancy McRoberts, family and consumer sciences teacher at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, has responded to the alarming dropout rate due to teenage pregnancy by creating the TAPS (Teens As ParentS) Program. This unique program helps teen mothers and fathers develop positive parenting skills and gives them academic credit for their efforts. It also encourages these students to stay in school, while providing them with post-secondary training in job skills. TAPS has been successful in reducing the school's dropout rate to a negligible level. As a result of this dramatic success, the program has been adopted by three other high schools and an infant day care center. In 1997, Mrs. McRoberts was named Teacher of the Year by the Kansas State Department of Education, and in 2000, Kansas State University named Mrs. McRoberts an Alumni Fellow for the College of Human Ecology.
1978 Kansas State University, B.S.