Previously Recorded: School Psychology: A Career that Makes a Difference
Live-streamed November 18th, 2021
By: Janna Aupperlee, Tracy Hobbs, Michele Millhouse
Joe Sbar, and Shelbie Spear
Free for all
This event is intended for undergraduate students
SESSION DESCRIPTION: Do you enjoy helping children with academic, emotional, and social skill concerns? Do you like to collaborate with others to promote positive outcomes for students? If so, the field of School Psychology may be an exciting career opportunity for you. The Michigan Association of School Psychologists (MASP) is hosting a School Psychology webinar. This will provide an overview of the field of School Psychology with professors from the field and School Psychologists who have worked in a variety of settings. The webinar will also include a discussion panel with the Michigan School Psychologist of the Year and a School Psychology graduate student.
About the presenters:
Jana is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, a Licensed Psychologist in Michigan, and a Health Service Psychologist. She is Coordinator of the EdS Program in School Psychology at Michigan State University and the Training Co-Director of the Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium. She teaches a variety of school and practice-based courses and collaborates with local school psychologists in the supervision of practicum students.
Tracy Hobbs, NCSP:
Tracy has been a school psychologist for 42 years and currently serves as MASP's Membership Chair; he also serves on the NASP Board of Directors as the Strategic Liaison for Professional Development. Tracy spent the first 30 years of his career employed by the Lake Orion Community Schools, and since "retiring" in 2010, has provided long-term substitute services for several school districts across the state. Tracy lives in Lake Ann and most recently worked for the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District.
Michele has worked as a school psychologist for seventeen years in the urban, suburban, and rural setting across all grade levels in two states (Michigan and Pennsylvania). Michele earned an Ed.S. from Lehigh University and a B.S. in Special Education from Kent State University. In addition to her work as a school psychologist, Michele has served as the MASP School Psychologist Shortage Committee Chair and has held the position of Region 13 Directors for the past two years. Michele has participated in committees through the Michigan Department of Education related to supporting parents of children with special needs, diversity/equity in education, and mental health services during COVID-19. Further, Michele participated in the creation of the Michigan Department of Education Return to School Mental Health Toolkit to support educators, students, and parents during COVID-19. She also has served as a member of the School Based Mental Health Committee. This organization consists of board members from the Michigan School Counselor Association, the Michigan Association of School Psychologists, and the Michigan Association of School Social Workers. As a board member of MASP Michele has assisted lawmakers in Michigan in legislation related to suicide prevention, threat assessment and the provision/expansion of mental health support in our state.
Joe Sbar is currently a school psychologist with the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District in Sault Ste. Marie and throughout his career, has served as a clear example of service to children, families, schools, and the profession as both a practitioner and an advocate. His leadership has been evident through his work implementing multitiered system of supports (MTSS) through his participation as a member of the ISD-Level Regional MTSS Implementation Team and the Joseph K. Lumsden Anishnabe PSA District MTSS Implementation Team. Joe has provided leadership in the area of crisis response as the Lead Organizer of Eastern Upper Peninsula PREPaRE Crisis Response Team. Joe has also worked to address the critical shortage of school psychologists in Michigan by developing and providing presentations to undergraduate students to recruit future school psychologists to the field as well as by serving as a highly effective supervisor to school psychology interns.
Shelbie is a second year student in the Doctoral Program in School Psychology at Michigan State University. Shelbie’s current research centers teacher implementation of evidence-based practices for working with refugee youth and refugee youth’s perspectives on their experiences in schools and community-based programs. She received the Summer Research Development Fellowship in 2021 to pursue these interests. Shelbie currently serves on the Student Editorial Board for School Psychology Review, is the president of the Michigan State University chapter of the Student Affiliates in School Psychology, and is the co-chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee within the School Psychology program.