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Possibilities in Action Partners

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Congratulations to educators from around the country who have been selected as an Outstanding Possibilities in Action Partners. Sponsored by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the "Possibilities in Action" Partners Program seeks to help school psychologists promote children’s success in school and life. Specifically we seek to highlight the importance of meeting the needs of the whole child and improve collaboration by honoring individual members within the school community who, either through their own efforts or by encouraging the efforts of others, make an exceptional difference in the education, development, and overall well-being of students and their families.

Name: Keela Lupton
Grade: 4th Grade Teacher - Samuel Tucker Elementary School
School: Alexandria City Public Schools
State: VA
Nominated By: Virginia Larsen and the Staff at Samuel Tucker Elementary School
Year: 2013
Role model, Mentor, Collaborator, and Cheerleader. Keela captivates and inspires her class, while commanding their respect. Keela is masterful at creating sustainable and appropriate routines that build children's trust and confidence. She genuinely and humbly shares her expertise with colleagues. Though she is highly knowledgeable and skilled, her strength lies in her desire to continue to learn.
Name: Deborah Dunmore
Grade:
School:
State: VA
Nominated By: Andrew Intagliata
Year: 2013
Deborah goes out of her way to meet the needs of her students.
Name: Daniel Barnes
Grade: Teaching Assistant
School: Bedford Central School District
State: NY
Nominated By: Dr. Peter Faustino
Year: 2013
Dan Barnes is an extraordinary Teaching Assistant. For the past 7 years, he has consistently recognized the strengths in our students with severe autism. He consistently sets individual goals for students, modifies instructional materials to the student’s ability level and celebrates small successes in all of the students within the SAIL III program. Dan also models engagement, caring, and respect, as well as helps to make Fox Lane Middle school a positive place to work and to learn.
Name: Shereima Smith
Grade: Special Educator
School: Howard County
State: MD
Nominated By: Keren Kreitzer
Year: 2013
Poverty, abuse, trauma, and a dysfunctional family life are just a few of the stressors that our students face at a young age. However, when the students enter our building, Mrs. Smith ensures safety, security, and stability. She believes in her students. Mrs. Smith treats her students with respect and dignity. Her incredible sincerity and passion for teaching our students with emotional and learning disabilities is a gift to our school and community. We need more teachers like Mrs. Smith.
Name: Stand4KidsNM
Grade: Grassroots Organization
School: Statewide Representation
State: NM
Nominated By: Elesha Fetrow
Year: 2013
Stand4Kids NM is a grassroots formed by 4 parents as a response to the roll out of student testing and teacher evaluations. The group have organized a rally, begun a petition, and started online community building around the notions of protecting our valuable resources – students and teachers. They embody the idea that big changes can come from small voices.
Name: Emily Vaughn
Grade: Principal
School: CMCSS
State: TN
Nominated By: Dr. Patti Wilson
Year: 2013
Emily is an innovative leader, working tirelessly to maximize the potential of teamwork and increase student success. She developed P.R.I.D.E (positivity, respect, integrity, determination, excellence), a program utilized to recognize staff and students for living our school’s mission. She is an agent of change -- she is the first in the district to fully integrate the RTI model! In an atmosphere where we are truly "all in," you can be sure Ms. Vaughn is out front, fearlessly leading the way!
Name: Scott Reynolds
Grade: Chief Student Support Services Officer
School: Washoe County School District
State: NV
Nominated By: Renee Kadlubek, Ph.D., J.D.
Year: 2013
Scott Reynolds has dedicated the last 30 years of his life to improve the lives of children. His professional roles and titles have changed over the years, but his goal has always been to increase positive outcomes for children. Mr. Reynolds has been one of Nevada's strongest advocates for school psychologists, prevention/intervention, mental health, autism, and education. Mr. Reynolds is a man of great integrity, and his outstanding work has inspired many of us to do the same.
Name: Lisa Bartoli
Grade: School Counselor
School: Washoe County School District
State: NV
Nominated By: Renee Kadlubek, Ph.D., J.D.
Year: 2013
I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Ms. Bartoli in the Washoe County School District. She helps collaborate with students and adults to address the needs of our students. Ms. Bartoli has successfully secured funding to assist with her ongoing efforts to improve social emotional learning for the students at our school. She has systematically taken data to show that her efforts have shown positive and statistically significant outcomes for our students.
Name: Kimberly Blackstone
Grade: Administrative Secretary
School: Westside Union School District
State: CA
Nominated By: Jeanice Peterson, M.S., NCSP Jennifer Nicholson, M.S., L.E.P. Mario Almazan, M.A., Ed.S. Katherine De La Torre, M.S. George Collucci, M.S., Psy.D. Glen Egbert, M.A., L.E.P.
Year: 2013
Kimberly Blackstone has been the absolutely definition of someone who has a remarkable work ethic, unwavering values, and provides outstanding support to everyone with whom she comes in contact. Working with families with a special needs child requires patience, compassion, and a loving heart, all qualities Kimberly exudes seemingly effortlessly.
Name: Scott Brewer
Grade: Principal
School: Westside Union School District
State: CA
Nominated By: Jeanice Peterson, M.S., NCSP Jennifer Nicholson, M.S., L.E.P. Mario Almazan, M.A., Ed.S. Katherine De La Torre, M.S. George Collucci, M.S., Psy.D. Glen Egbert, M.A., L.E.P.
Year: 2013
Scott Brewer is an exceptional student education advocate who effectively works with special education and general education teachers to help ensure students receive the most appropriate learning experience within the most optimal learning setting available. He is an excellent example of someone who goes above and beyond to make sure all students are included. In addition Scott provides extra time and support to teachers.