School Psychologist of the Year

Montana School Psychologists work tirelessly, and often anonymously, to better the lives of children and youth. Every day, in settings as diverse as a preschool setting, a tiny K-12 rural school, or a large urban high school, school psychologists can be found discovering what turns a student on to learning, building a better behavior plan, contributing helpful ideas to an RtI team, guiding colleagues through data-based decision making, and more.

Every year, MASP acknowledges one individual, nominated by peers or colleagues, who stands out as a shining example of the best of the profession. This person is publicly acclaimed as the School Psychologist of the Year.

  • Marit Waldum – 2016-2017 School Psychologist of the Year
MASP President Jordan Scotti, Treasurer (and Marit’s former practicum student) Carly Nason, and Montana School Psychologist of the Year, Marit Waldum

Marit Waldum of Missoula County Public School District was named 2017’s School Psychologist of the Year at the MASP 2016 Fall Conference in Helena, MT.  Marit has supervised numerous School Psychology students.  In providing guidance and structured learning, Marit allows her students to teach and collaborate with her.  She is an expert in preschool and autism evaluations.  She is a multifacted school psychologist who serves students preschool through elementary ages.  Marit is always friendly, optimistic, and open.  Her peaceful, level-headed, kind, warm, and engaging spirit allows her to continually contribute to conversations in a productive, meaningful manner.  Marit is well respected by her peers and continues to make a positive, lifetime impact on many, many people.

 

  • Shawna Rader Kelly  — 2015-2016 School Psychologist of the Year

Shawna Rader Kelly of Bozeman School District was named 2015’s School Psychologist of the Year at the MASP 2015 Fall Conference in Bozeman, MT.  Shawna has been an active force not only in her district, but at the state and national levels as well.  Shawna is a PREPaRE Trainer and the leader of MASP’s Crisis Response Committee.  She actively works with Montana’s Office of Public Instruction to advocate for school psychology and serves as the chair of the MASP Credentialing Review Board.  Shawna is also an incredibly active member in NASP serving as Montana’s NASP delegate as well as a regional leader.  Shawna’s expansive breadth of expertise, her impressive skill set, and her tireless dedication make her a standout school psychologist.

NASP President, Dr. Todd Savage & MASP's 2015 School Psychologist of the Year, Shawna Rader Kelly
NASP President, Dr. Todd Savage & MASP’s 2015 School Psychologist of the Year, Shawna Rader Kelly
Susan Renning & Shawna Rader Kelly (2nd Generation School Psychologist and MASP's 2015 School Psychologist of the Year)
Susan Renning & daughter Shawna Rader Kelly, (2nd generation school psychologist and MASP’s 2015 School Psychologist of the Year)
  • Julie Parker — 2014-2015 School Psychologist of the Year

Julie Parker of Big Sky High School in Missoula was named 2014’s School Psychologist of the Year at the MASP 2014 Fall Conference in Helena, MT.  Among many professional roles and duties, Parker received this award due to over 15 years of outstanding service.  Over those years, she has served on the MASP executive council, supervised University of Montana School Psychology graduate students, and participated in union work for her rural cooperative.  She was further honored for her years of service on the Flathead Indian Reservation and in other rural Montana schools.  Julie is a wonderful asset to our state and profession!

President Elect Melissa Hanson presenting Julie Parker with the 2014 School Psychologist of the Year Award at the 2014 Fall Conference
President Elect Melissa Hanson presenting Julie Parker with the 2014 School Psychologist of the Year Award at the 2014 Fall Conference
  • Ron Weaver — 2013-2014 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Jackie Johnson-Wirth — 2012-2013 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Robin Bissell — 2011-2012 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Marshall Prindle — 2010-2011 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Ann Verploegen — 2009-2010 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Thom Felton — 2008-2009 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Joanne Bartsch — 2007-2008 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Ginny Jamruska-Milner — 2006-2007 School Psychologist of the Year
  • J. Ray Haffey — 2005-2006 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Victoria Withrow — 2004-2005 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Greg Thurlow — 2003-2004 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Doug Fry — 2002-2003 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Carla Heintz — 2001-2002 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Dwight Von Schriltz — 2000-2001 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Richard Wright — 1999-2000 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Pat Grassl — 1998-1999 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Mark Taylor — 1997-1998 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Nancy Padon — 1996-1997 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Kathleen Nerison — 1995-1996 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Alan Hilden — 1994-1995 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Doug Cochran-Roberts — 1993-1994 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Charlie Brown — 1992-1993 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Evie Lamont — 1991-1992 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Bob Runkel — 1990-1991 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Lois Nicol — 1989-1990 School Psychologist of the Year

You can nominate a deserving colleague for MASP School Psychologist of the Year for 2016-17. Candidates must be practicing school psychologists who spend the majority of their time providing direct services to students, teachers, and parents.