A recording of the 2022 Awards Ceremony can be accessed through the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17ex570VToEwLZI0WdlAwVSzni-ggObTV/view?usp=sharing
NJASP School Psychologist of the Year
Dr. Kim Spagone
Social Emotional Learning Coordinator / School Psychology Mainland Regional
Dr. Kimberly Spagone– Social Emotional Learning Coordinator / School Psychologist Mainland Regional High School, Psy.D., NCSP
Dr. Spagone earned her bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from West Chester University in philosophy and psychology before earning her master’s degree (M..A.) and educational specialist degree (Ed.S.) from Rowan University in School Psychology. She earned her Psy.D. in School Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. In 2021, Dr. Spagone earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Applied Educational Neuroscience from Butler University. Dr. Spagone has worked as a school psychologist since 2003, beginning her career at Somers Point Public School District. While working towards her Psy.D., Dr. Spagone served as an intern at the Center for Brief Therapy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then went on to work as a school psychologist in the Township of Franklin Public Schools before beginning her career as a school psychologist at Mainland Regional High School in 2010. As of September 2020, her role at Mainland Regional has expanded to include Social Emotional Learning Coordinator. Dr. Spagone serves as an adjunct professor at Rowan University’s College of Education in the School Psychology program as well as at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Department of Psychology. Prior to being a school psychologist, Dr. Spagone worked as a home therapist for children with Autism. Dr. Spagone has several publications and has professionally presented on a variety of topics related to school psychology.
Dr. Irwin A. Hyman Service to Children Award
The Child Wellness Institute (ChildWIN)
•The Child Wellness Institute (Child WIN) is an organization committed to the general mental health and well-being of children and families.
•Non-profit subsidiary of Prevent Child Abuse/New Jersey (PCA/NJ), providing several programs designed to offer resilience-informed trainings, workshops, and consultations on topics that promote child and family wellness.
•Trauma Transformation Initiative (TTI) – comprehensive training program for teachers/school staff to become trauma informed and trauma sensitive in managing challenging behaviors in children. Introduced to more than 6,000 staff members in more than 80 NJ public schools.
•Peaceful Practices to Calm and Reset – Child WIN facilitators provide classroom-based lessons to children and workshops for parents to help children acquire strategies to identify emotional/behavioral triggers and ways they can remain clam in the face of challenges. More than 2,000 children in 15 New Jersey schools have benefitted from the program in the past 3 years.
•Youth Resilience and Leadership Program – Pilot program designed for underserved youth, ages 16-21, many who have come up through the foster care system. It consists of 2 tracks: Career Explorer and Future Leaders.
Jane Bostrum Service to School Psychology Award
Dr. Eric Herschman
Dr. Eric Herschman has made countless contributions to the field of School Psychology throughout his over fourty-year long career. Dr. Herschman holds New Jersey as well as New York school psychologist certifications. He is also licensed as a practicing psychologist in New Jersey. He is a member of Sussex/Warren Association of School Psychologists, New Jersey Association of School Psychologists (NJASP), New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA), National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Herschman is the Chair of the NJPA Special Interest Group, Psychology in the Schools. This group monitors issues relevant to school psychology and serves as a focal point for meeting the needs of school psychologist members of NJPA. Dr. Herschman has and continues to contribute to the professional literature, as he is a member of the NJPA editorial board and frequently writes for their quarterly e-newsletter and journal. Dr. Herschman is School Psychologist to Sussex County Technical High School with over 250 special education students, where he is responsible for parent/teacher consultation, crisis intervention, risk assessments, psychological evaluation/reevaluation, and a member of the child study team. He is the Clinical Supervisor of clinicians at the School Based Youth Services Program at the on site Student Center, Coordinator/Supervisor of psychology intern program, and and Coordinator of the school crisis team and 504 programs. Dr. Herschman has held multiple university appointments at Seton Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson, and William Paterson.
Congratulations to our 2021 Grant recipient, Melissa Ozoria, of the High Bridge School District! Ms. Orzoria utilized the $550 grant to promote a lunch bunch program in her district to facilitate social-emotional learning.
“This grant came at the right time to help our students the most. The purpose I wanted the grant was to assist our students with socializing again. After the lock down and the distance restricts and all COVID ended for the students we noticed a big shift in their socialization and interaction. I worked with my side by side group which is a diversity and inclusion group and we discussed what we could buy with the money. They decided we should buy pop it board games. We purchased pop it board games and also some classic board games. The group of students would push into the classroom and show the kids how to play and we would all play the game. Then after a few push in sessions. We would create teams in the classroom and make a competition, we called it the pop it challenge. Students would play against each other and who ever won would move to play another winner while the one who lost would cheer on the person they just lost too. By the end we would have the class split in half cheering on students how have previous beat them. It was so great to see the kids interact and play this way. It was a big deal and a talk of the school. The class board games that were purchased were used to provide the students a different option while at lunch. We had a board game table and the students had the option to play board games during lunch. At first the students didn't care to use the board games but after a few days of playing with the students, it also became a hit. We now have students waiting for a turn with board games. This grant has really helped create an environment for kids to be kids. ”
NJASP School Psychologist of the Year Award
NJASP’s School Psychologist of the Year Award is given to a NJASP member who is a practicing school psychologist in a public or private school setting. It is given in recognition of outstanding performance in the delivery of school psychological services. These areas include, but are not limited to, assessment, counseling, consultation, prevention, crisis intervention, collaboration, diversity sensitivity, supervision, research, program planning and/or evaluation, etc. Candidates perform their jobs in an exemplary manner and have earned the respect of students, parents, teachers, school staff, administrators, and/or community members. Those who have benefited from this individual's efforts may include individual or groups of students, teachers, parents, administrators and/or the school system.
To make a nomination for the NJASP School Psychologist of the Year Award, please use the form below:
Dr. Irwin A. Hyman Service to Children Award
NJASP’S Service to Children Award is given to an individual or an organization whose efforts have benefited children. This individual or organization must provide services to children. This award is not given to a NJASP Member or a school psychologist. This award is in recognition of outstanding contributions to education, mental health, or the general welfare of children and youth of New Jersey and/or the nation.
To make a nomination for the Dr. Irwin A. Hyman Service to Children Award, please use the form below:
Jane Bostrum Service to School Psychology Award
NJASP’s Jane Bostrum Service to School Psychology Award is given to a school psychologist, general psychologist, someone in a related field, or any individual or organization who has contributed to the field of school psychology. This award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of school psychology.
To make a nomination for the Jane Bostrum Service to School Psychology Award, please use the form below:
All nominations with completed form and supporting documentation must be mailed/emailed by December 15, 2022. The NJASP Awards Committee will review the applications and make a selection based on the materials received. Award winners will be announced at NJASP’s Spring Conference. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leslie Miles, NJASP Awards and Elections Committee Chair at NJASPAwards@gmail.com