Gi?i b?n cáCongratulations to BCPS Psychologist Leslie DeWitt, who was presented with the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) Regional School Psychology Award during the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS) Conference Awards Presentation.
Ms. DeWitt is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She attended Eastern Kentucky University for both undergraduate and graduate level training, earning her Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 2009. She then earned her Masters’ in Clinical Psychology in 2011, a Masters in General Psychology in 2013, and a Specialist in School Psychology in 2015. Prior to her work in the schools, Ms. DeWitt served as a Licensed Psychological Associate at a rehabilitation event facility in Louisville, KY.
Ms. DeWitt initially entered the field of clinical psychology, but found herself drawn back to the educational field. “School psychology allows me to pursue two of my interests: psychology and education,” she notes.
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They have specialized training in both education and mental health and know how to identify and lower barriers to learning. These barriers can include developmental or learning disabilities, behavior difficulties, teaching styles, school or classroom climate, problems at home or with friends, substance or alcohol abuse, violence, and mental health problems such as anxiety or depression.
Gi?i b?n cá“One of the most challenging parts of school psychology is balancing the various roles. I strive to advocate for services and placements to best help students while also recognizing the laws and regulations in place,” Ms. DeWitt states.
“The most rewarding part is seeing one of your students make progress as a result of your work, whether that be the work you did to help them receive a service, adjust a service, or work with their caregivers,” she said. “My direct work puts me in contact with teachers, administrators, and parents more than the students themselves. I feel justification when I get feedback from parents or teachers that the work I did helped them when working with a student or group of students.”
Gi?i b?n cáAccording to Troy Kolb, District Director of Special Education, the presentation would have occurred in a banquet setting, but the presentation had to take place via a Facebook Live event due to COVID-19 circumstances.
Gi?i b?n cáDirector Kolb says, “While this year’s award presentation did not come with the same fanfare as in other years, we are no less excited to see one of our own receive this great recognition. Congratulations, Leslie! We are very proud of you, and we are grateful for all you do for the students and staff at Shepherdsville and Lebanon Junction Elementary Schools.”
Gi?i b?n cáPlease view the recording of the Facebook Live event . Ms. DeWitt’s recognition takes place at the 16:02 mark.