Ellie is an absolute titanness of the Utah School Psychology field. Ellie Young has transformed the BYU school psychology program, and along with it the careers of many school psychologists and the students they serve. She has been instrumental to their efforts to support rural educators in their programs and in obtaining and maintaining program credentialing. Ellie is respected by educators across the state for her initiatives promoting MTSS and PBIS. She has closely mentored school psychologists in training for 20 years. She is loved and respected by her students and colleagues alike and has received numerous other accolades for her skills as an educator and leader. Ellie is an exceptional scholar, professor, leader, mentor, and person. She works hard at everything she does and it is a pleasure to work with her. She does everything with a smile and genuine cheer and care. On top of all of that Ellie has also served UASP and NASP in a number of roles throughout the years. It is hard to encapsulate her impact throughout her career. It is truly an honor to have her in our profession and state.
School Psychologist of the Year
Emilie’s nomination came with an avalanche of supportive letters. She is an example of how deeply a school psychologist can impact the schools, students, and educators they serve. Emilie is dedicated, professional, genuine, caring, and effective in her craft. I have seen Emilie go the extra mile many times over. Others have recognized her value and her efforts to better the lives of her students because it is obvious when you see her in her schools or talk to her about her work. Emilie’s impact in the field will only continue, and I am eager to watch it. Congratulations Emilie!
School Psychology Student of the Year
It is apparent that this years awardee for School Psychology Student of the Year is already making an impact on our field. Ashley is a third year EdS student from the University of Utah. In her time as a student there, she has already shown great skills in both research and clinical work. Those that work with her describe her as having outstanding rapport, being well liked, compassionate, and competent. She is a valued member of the teams she serves. Ashley has shown great leadership in her multiple roles including those in her schools and within her own training program. Her passion for working with educators, parents, and students is obvious and infectious and her future looks to be very bright. Congratulations Ashley! We look forward to seeing all you do!
Outstanding Service to Children and Families
This award is designed to recognize individuals that have been outstanding advocates for children and their families. The UASP board feels strongly that UEA President Heidi Mathews has continually been an excellent, passionate, and consistent advocate for Utah children. She is a strong voice in ensuring that our state's educators are able to best serve students and decisions that impact students have been made with appropriate knowledge and input. We have seen her lead the association, public, and policy makers with great poise and dedication. This has been especially evident during the recent chaos of the Covid-19 pandemic. Both her words and actions as UEA President have demonstrated great dedication to children in many ways including those areas that are a focus of school psychologists; access to mental health providers, equitable education for all, and appropriate environments and support for all educators. We believe President Mathews is incredibly deserving of this award and are so pleased to honor her.
Distinguished Service to UASP
Our recipient this year is a deeply appreciated and active member of UASP and the School Psychologist community in Utah. He has served on the board for 4 years in multiple roles. Gerry is supportive, engaged, and committed to the board and our profession. His participation in each committee has been excellent, but has been most instrumental to our shortages committee. Beyond his work on the board, Gerry’s ongoing support of the professional development we offer is instrumental to our success and outreach. Gerry is an excellent leader in the field and that carries over into his support and work with UASP. We are lucky to have his guiding force as part of our board. With deepest gratitude we thank Gerry for all his presence and services.
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Review the nomination criteria for each award on their respective applications below.
The purpose of the Lifetime Achievement Award is to identify and recognize an outstanding school psychologist who has had state level impact on the field of school psychology and who has dedicated his or her professional life to the development and betterment of school psychology.
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST OF THE YEAR
The purpose of the School Psychologist of the Year Award is to identify and recognize an outstanding school psychologist and to promote public awareness of the profession.
BARBARA BENNETT EXCELLENCE IN DIVERSITY
The purpose of the Barbara Bennett Excellence in Diversity Award is to identify and recognize an outstanding school psychologist who has provided leadership and advocacy for the treatment of diverse populations with respect within the field of school psychology.
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT OF THE YEAR
The purpose of the School Psychology Student of the Year Award is to identify and recognize an outstanding school psychology student and to promote public awareness of the profession.
Two additional awards are presented annually by the UASP Executive Board:DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES