This month’s #IAMKDOT feature is Ted Coleman. Coleman said that he “Bleeds KDOT Orange” and is the Sub-Area Supervisor for east Wichita. He has been working for KDOT for more than 33 years. During his college years at Kansas State University he would work for KDOT during the summer in Hutchinson. Coleman then became an Equipment Operator Trainee and eventually an Equipment Operator at the Hutchinson Sub-Area.
During his career he has worked his way up from Equipment Operator to Equipment Operator Specialist to his current position.
Coleman said that he enjoys having fun and helps people realize their dreams. He said he would describe himself as a Dallas Cowboys fanatic, a science buff, a motivational writer and a survivor of esophageal cancer. He loves to travel, and he said he loves his son more than anything in this world.
“My life goal is to be an authentic person of faith, and to be someone who encourages, equips and empowers others for honest journeys of their own,” Coleman said.
In this month’s illustration, Coleman is depicted rescuing a dog that had been lost for several days in Wichita. He crossed four lanes of traffic to save it.
#IAMKDOT is an illustration project that recognizes KDOT employees who work hard to keep Kansans moving. This series also serves as a reminder for travelers to slow down and remember that underneath those neon vests are individuals with families, friends and hobbies waiting for them at home.
Do you know a KDOT worker that deserves recognition? Nominations are open! Email Mallory.Goeke@KS.gov today to get started!