Penny Rector tackles new JC Public Schools job

Penney Rector is Jefferson City Public Schools’ new in-house lawyer and human resources director.

Penney Rector is Jefferson City Public Schools’ new in-house lawyer and human resources director. Photo by Julie Smith.

Penney Rector decided she wanted to be a lawyer when she was 12.

“But I’ve always thought that, if the law didn’t work out, kindergarten teacher was what I wanted to be,” she said last week. “I have two younger sisters (and) a brother-inlaw who are elementary school teachers.”

For nine years, Rector has combined her two interests — first as a lawyer and lobbyist for the Missouri Association of School Administrators and, since July 1, as the Jefferson City Public Schools’ new in-house lawyer and human resources director.

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