MASP Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
Joelene Goodover – 2019
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.