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TR WilliamsMPS Alumni & Student Engagement Associate T.R. Williams speaks fondly of two former MPS educators from Rufus King High School who helped her on her education journey.

She gives credit to Adam Jacobi, her forensics coach, and Steve Wagner, the National Honor Society Coordinator for Rufus King.

“Mr. Jacobi made forensics relatable to me. As a freshman, I hadn’t thought about public speaking as important or fun. I give him credit for my skills as a public speaker today. This has definitely served me in my career,” said Williams.

Of Mr. Wagner, Williams said, “Senior year was tough for me for many reasons. Being in his class after school was really helpful. And when our National Honor Society took over the Black History program, he supported it from the beginning and was supportive of me leading that effort. Our program was very successful and received very positive media attention. I’m still really proud of what we did.”

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