Celebrating 53 Years of Service to Children
It’s a new year, and 2014 President Andy Heinicke passes the gavel to incoming President Ashley Wright Enz at the KASP retreat in January. The KASP Executive Board met to review strategic planning and discuss how to help meet the professional needs of Kansas school psychologists.
Congratulations to Lisa K. Pierce, the 2014 Kansas School Psychologist of the Year
The 2014 KASP School Psychologist of the Year is repeatedly described as an individual who generates trust and confidence in those she works with, be it students, parents, or co-workers. As people get to know her they soon learn that they can trust her and confide in her. She is characterized as a true professional that goes beyond the expected duties of her job. She is very involved and connected to the community where she lives and works. She is seen as one that both works within her job and also in the community to further the growth and stability of those she encounters.
It is with pride and celebration that we present this year’s School Psychologist of the Year award to: Lisa K. Pierce
Lisa was nominated for this award by Becky Shamburg. Becky worked with Lisa as a classroom teacher for students with severe emotional disabilities for the last six years. Becky has become the SPED director this current year and states that “I know that I rely heavily on her as a first year director.” “She has a tremendous knowledge base to go with her natural abilities to work with students.”
Lisa received her B.A. in Psychology from Kansas State University in 1994, her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Fort Hays State in 1998,and her Ed.S. in School Psychology from Emporia State University in 2003. Lisa’s work experience started at the Kanza Mental Health Center as a Clinical Psychologist in Hiawatha, Kansas from 1996 to 2000. In October of 2000,Lisa obtained a position as a School Psychologist for the Marshaii-Nemeha SPED Coop, which she kept until December of 2008. In January of 2008 Lisa started working at the Brown County Special Education lnterlocal to the present.
Becky Shamburg stated that Lisa does so much more than test students to see if they qualify for special education services. One way she has made an impact is to create different social-based groups that she meets with regularly to help students deal with any issues they may have. These groups range in age from elementary level to high school. The students have learned that they can speak openly and feely without fear of ridicule from other group members because Lisa has created that safe environment.
Lisa makes it a point to meet individually with students who need extra support. She also is a resource for staff members who need guidance regarding decisions or need an understanding and confidential ear. If the dilemma is beyond Ms. Pierce’s knowledge or abilities,she knows to channel them to appropriate resources. In addition,Lisa is a member of three school intervention teams that look to her to give honest and knowledgeable input on what interventions can be tried for struggling students.
In the community,she has coached youth basketball, she is on the Hiawatha swim team board,she is a member of the board for Brown County Developmental Services,and she is an active member of the Hiawatha United Methodist church. In addition, Lisa has volunteered for Relay for Life for several years and is currently a member of a fundraising group for the class of 2016.
Tom Schmitz, principal at Hiawatha Elementary school stated: “I have never met anyone that is as dedicated and passionate about helping students.” 11Lisa is one of a kind and goes above and beyond to help a student, any student.”
Judy Dickman, principal of Horton Elementary school states: “Even when others put many hurdles in front of her, she does not lose sight of her goal to follow through and ensure that each student receives services they are needing. She uses research to back up her ideas and is continually seeking out new information to share with us. Her communication skills and problem solving skills go hand in hand which produce positive outcomes for everyone.”
And finally, Dave Norman, principal of Horton High School states: “Lisa is definitely the best school psychologist that we have encountered in my tenure as teacher and principal at Horton High School.”
To Lisa Pierce, our KASP 2014 School Psychologist of the Year we say: You are a most excellent representative and model of what School Psychology is all about in Kansas. Congratulations!
Judy Ball honored with the KASP Lifetime Achievement Award
The recipient of this award embodies all that is important in a KASP member and in a school psychologist. Years of hard work, dedication to Kansas students and dedication to the field of school psychology and its state organization are requisites to be considered. This year’s recipient worked in the field as a practicing school psychologist for over three decades helping the children of the Flint Hills region to be more successful in accessing their education. She has been instrumental in training future school psychologists as instructor and practicum supervisor. She has been an ardent researcher and scholarly contributor. Finally, she has been and continues to be an exemplary member of the Kansas Association of School Psychologists.
Therefore, we honor Judy Ball with the KASP Lifetime Achievement Award.
Judy Ball has been one of the most consistently productive members of the KASP Executive Board. She has served in many roles, from Regional Director to President to her current job as Convention Chair. In fact, KASP might not look as it does today if not for Judy.
Judy has consistently performed above and beyond what is expected of an Executive Board Member. At one point in KASP’s history, due to fiscal planning errors, KASP was in severe financial difficulties. KASP was seriously considering not having a state conference that year. As President, and the responsible party for planning the single event that established KASP revenues, Judy planned a convention and brought in a nationally-renowned speaker on an impossible budget. Due to her extraordinary efforts, this convention alone helped to reestablish KASP’s ability to function and would prove to be one of KASP’s most lucrative conventions in terms of revenue and attendance. Judy’s presidency was pivotal in the fiscal well-being of KASP.
Judy would go on to plan more than ten state conventions including the one which you are currently attending. Every practicing school psychologist in the state of Kansas has been the beneficiary of Judy’s work.
She has continued, through the years, to provide leadership and overall health for the organization.
Her colleagues speak very highly of her. Former KASP President Rick Lindskog said of Judy, “Judy Ball is an individual we can point to and say, ‘There is a person who made a difference.’ I am proud to know Judy and call her a colleague and friend.”
He went on to state, “She deserved this award a decade ago, but it is not reasonable to give a Lifetime Achievement Award to a 35 year old…..”
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