Alaska School Psychologist of the Year Honors Two Recipients, one from KPBSD!
Congratulations to Terese Kashi, PhD, NCC, NCSP, school psychologist from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District!
Terese’s nominator said, “Terese has provided years of dedicated service to ASPA and the profession of school psychology, presented at multiple ASPA conferences, was previously the ASPA President, and is currently the ASPA Ethics & Professional Practices Chair.” One of her principals said, “Terese leaves an imprint of love on every step she takes, is the finest school psychologist she’s ever worked with, gives helpful recommendations and directions, and synthesizes information from many professional sources to share at meetings.” Another principal said, “Terese is a pleasure to work with, builds effective and positive relationship with staff and students, is very knowledgeable in the areas of student emotional-behavioral needs, and is an excellent listener and excellent communicator.”
“Dr. Kashi may best be described as intelligent, active, and giving,” said Clayton Holland, Director of Pupil Services. “In addition to her dedicated work as a school psychologist, Dr. Kashi strives to give back to the others with her involvement in several organizations. Dr. Kashi also contributes to our students and community in many smaller ways. She recently sewed a weighted vest and donated it to a local school; that vest is now being happily and effectively used by a student who is on the autism spectrum.”
Dr. Kashi has served as a SESA board member, a member of the Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Education, and as a member of the Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference Planning Committee. Ms. Kashi has been very active with providing FASD training to different organizations and educators from around the state. Ms. Kashi is also an active participant with the Alaska School Psychologist Association, having most recently donated her time and expertise to the state association by providing an ethics training to other school psychologists.
The Alaska School Psychologists Association news release states,
“ASPA is thrilled to announce this year’s recipients of the distinguished award of Alaska School Psychologist Of The Year. Typically ASPA only has one recipient of this award per year, but this year there are two, which were announced and celebrated at ASPA’s spring social and general membership meeting. Here’s how this process works: ASPA members are confidentially nominated at some point during the school year, supporting documentation from supervisors or colleagues is obtained, and then ASPA leadership makes the final determinations. Congratulations to Brooke Itter, MS, CAGS, NCSP, school psychologist from Anchorage School District, and Terese Kashi, PhD, NCC, NCSP, school psychologist from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.