June 30, 2017
NHASP is pleased to announce that Nathaniel Jones, Ph.D. is the 2017 New Hampshire School Psychologist of the Year (SPY). Nate is a school psychology consultant working at SERESC in Bedford, NH, and is a NH and nationally certified school psychology, licensed psychologist, and board certified behavioral analyst (BCBA). Along with his consultation work for New Hampshire schools, Nate focuses his professional goals towards increasing coordination among educational, medical, and mental health agencies to improve outcomes for youth. This is seen in the professional development opportunities he facilitates and in his work as the coordinator of the Medical Educational Therapeutic Evaluation team at SERESC. Nate’s nomination letter included many wonderful comments from his colleagues who describe Nate as, “an exemplar of what it means to be a school psychologist. He inspires trust, shares his wealth of knowledge, and above all, puts kids first. As a mentor, he is somehow always magically available, even though he is busy working and volunteering a hundred different ways.”
Aside from his professional work, Nate’s advocacy as a school psychologist, in both state and national issues, is commendable. He is always willing to head to the “Hill” to support what is best for children and youth and keeps abreast of current issues in our field so that our association can disseminate information to others in our state. Nate has held many positions in our state association, including six years as state Delegate to NASP, NHASP President, co-chair of the NHASP Government and Professional Relations Committee, and our very own Webmaster. Nate is also the Western Region Representative for NASP on the national Ethics and Professional Practice Committee (EPPC).
The selection for SPY is always a challenging one for the nomination committee, as there are so many wonderful school psychologists among us doing incredible things for the students of New Hampshire. Nate is no exception to that, with his contributions being far-reaching and influential, so we would like to congratulate Nate with this award and thank him for all he does for school psychology.
June 30, 2016
NHASP is very pleased to announce the 2015-16 NH School Psychologist of the Year (SPY), Tari Selig! Tari is the school psychologist at Griffin Memorial School in Litchfield, NH, NH state delegate to NASP and is currently a PsyD Student at William James College. In selecting Tari for our NH School Psychologist of the Year, the awards committee recognized her powerful contribution to our field at the local, state, and national levels. Tari’s nomination letter describes her as “an effective collaborator” who “constantly goes above and beyond to ensure that the needs of students are being met.”
Tari is also a past-president of NHASP and has led a range of advocacy, professional development, and organizational activities. She helped lead the effort to revise the standards for school psychologists in NH and is currently working to develop a school psychologist rubric for teacher evaluation work in NH. Tari has also led efforts to promote school psychology awareness week in NH and her strong creativity can be seen in many NHASP resources in recent years. In case you wondered where the school psychology scavenger hunt came from, well, now you know. Who knows, she may yet talk us into that school psychology prom.
The selection process for SPY is always difficult and this year was no exception. Several remarkable school psychologists were nominated by their schools. All nominees demonstrate the importance of school psychologists in promoting success for all students. The awards committee thanks everyone who participated in the selection process this year and appreciates the opportunity to learn about the great work occurring in our state.