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, consulting with a school assistance team, promoting data-based decision making, and so SO much more.
School Psychologist of the Year
Do you know a worthy candidate for MASP School Psychologist of the Year? 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. Candidates must be practicing school psychologists who spend the majority of their time providing direct services to students, teachers, and parents. Nominate a deserving colleague for MASP School Psychologist of the Year for 2020-21 by filling out this form.
MASP Lifetime Achievement Award
This award recognizes the life-long efforts of school psychologists who have dedicated their careers to the profession and practice of school psychology as well as advocating for the well-being of children. Have someone in mind deserving of this award? Nominate them by contacting a member of our Executive Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Award Winners
MASP Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 – Joelene Goodover
MASP honored Joelene Goodover, a woman whose name is synonymous with service with our 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Joelene had a full, nearly 40-year educational career where she shared her love for the school psychology profession working in Simms, Great Falls, and with the North Central Learning Cooperative. She also had a degree in counseling and would seamlessly incorporate those skills into her daily interactions, touching many lives for the better. She was an integral member of the Crisis Response team with the Great Falls school district and as the department leader for the school psychology department.
Her service with MASP started in the late 1980s with her planning Fall Conferences, serving as Region II regional director, later serving as President and NASP delegate, and being an integral member of the Credentialing Professional Standards Committee. This MASP position gave her first contact with interested school psychologists wanting to come to the state as well as our graduate students entering the profession. Joelene’s welcoming and inviting style was perfect for introducing the newly hired psychs to our state and to our Association. And many of us serving in leadership roles became involved due to Joelene’s genuine way of inviting and including others to join MASP and to become involved. She was quick to point out a person’s strengths and was available to help when needed.
While serving as NASP Delegate, Joelene found a passion for working with the Children’s Fund and the groups’ annual auction event. She was very proud of the work of the Children’s Fund including the playgrounds built for underprivileged schools, providing books to schools, and going to schools to read books or hold assemblies in the cities where NASP conventions were held. Her work with this group spanned a decade and that group has named their disaster relief fund in her name.
Joelene loved the color purple, planning get-togethers, baking, going to Broadway shows, and traveling. She also enjoyed sharing her passions with others.
As the MASP organization, we are deeply thankful for the impact Joelene had on our group and the state. She is very deserving of this award. Although she lost her battle to cancer in February 2019, being able to honor her at Fall Conference, an event dear to her heart, brings her legacy full circle.
Thank you to Joelene’s son Andy who came to accept this award for the Goodover family.
Juliana Robinson – 2019-2020 School Psychologist of the Year
This year’s award recipient for the MASP 2019 School Psychologist of the Year Award, Juliana Robinson has been serving Montana schools through the Park County Special Education Cooperative for 12 years and one who is passionate about the field of school psychology. Beginning this school year, she has transitioned to working for the Belgrade Public School District. Those nominating Juliana all agreed that she is one who understands how to develop strong relationships with students, teachers, parents, administrators and support staff in a professional manner. She is one who works tirelessly and has accomplished developing an ADOS team for her schools and specialized programs in pre-school and alternate education settings in addition to completing the regular duties of a school psychologist. They shared that Juliana has continued to aggressively pursue opportunities to further her own education, level of knowledge and skills since starting her career. Also, Juliana has provided many training opportunities for staff and supervision of interns. Juliana has been active with MASP since graduate school doing an incredible amount of work for MT psychs, serving on MASP committees, holding the office of President and currently chairing the Membership Involvement committee.
One nominator noted that Juliana exemplifies the qualities that make for an outstanding school psychologist. A fellow colleague shared that Juliana’s heart is in this work and recognized that Juliana believes in the importance of what we do and supporting all kids. Another noted that Juliana’s skills for explaining the eligibility process has helped families and staff to better navigate through special education evaluations and that her calm demeanor allows anyone to approach her and ask her questions as needed. Her characteristics of being an exemplary person, role model, supporter, and professional were shared throughout her letters of nomination. Juliana is married with two children. MASP extends congratulations on being named the 2019 School Psychologist of the year.
Monica Martin – 2018-2019 School Psychologist of the Year
Monica Martin was the 2018 School Psychologist of the year. She is a school psychologist with the Missoula Area Education Cooperative and has been serving in Montana’s school system for 12 years. Letters of recommendation were written by the Seeley Lake Superintendent, a teacher, the Special Education Director, and a secretary.
Marit Waldum – 2016-2017 School Psychologist of the Year
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 multifaceted school psychologist who serves students from 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.
Jessica Carranza – 2017-2018 School Psychologist of the Year
This year’s recipient of the Montana Association of School Psychologists (MASP) School Psychologist of the Year was Jessica Carranza. As always it is clear Montana has some amazing School Psychologists. The nomination packet for Jessica showed she is one of those amazing school psychologists. She is a full-time school psychologist employed by Great Falls Public Schools. Jessica is involved in her schools in every part of the way; working with teachers, assessing students, running groups, working with outside agencies, RTI/MTSS, and brainstorming with her school teams. She builds relationships with those that she works with, adults and students. She has a can-do attitude. She is supportive of those around her. Jessica has outstanding qualities which is why she was chosen to be the 2017 MASP School Psychologist of the Year.
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.
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!
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 2020-21.
Candidates must be practicing school psychologists who spend the majority of their time providing direct services to students, teachers, and parents.