LaFayette Central School District school psychologist Tara Spicer Powless was recently recognized by SUNY Oswego for the strides she’s made in the education field.
This fall, Mrs. Powless was named a 2016 recipient of the John J. Readling Award by SUNY Oswego’s Department of Educational Administration. Established in 1991, the award - named for the department’s founder – is annually presented to graduates who, by peer nomination, are voted most likely to make a significant contribution to education.
“It was an honor to have been nominated by my peers for the Readling Award,” Mrs. Powless said. “Being a recipient of this award further motivates me to ensure that the diverse learning needs of all students are met and to uphold social justice for all.”
Mrs. Powless holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from LeMoyne College (2007) and a master’s degree in the same field from SUNY Oswego (2010). She earned two certificates of advanced study from SUNY Oswego - one in school psychology (2010) and the other in educational administration (2014).
She became LaFayette’s K-12 psychologist more than six years ago. Her role includes working with administrators, educators, students and families to help strengthen the school community; providing support and interventions to students; and collaborating with district educators to help improve school-wide systems and practices. She also served on the district’s Response to Intervention Design Team and helped recraft the district’s Response to Intervention plan.
“The health of a society is determined by the welfare of its youngest generation,” Mrs. Powless said. “I want to leave the profession one day knowing that if I were asked, ‘How are the children?’ I could say with certainty, ‘All the children are well.’