The purpose of this award is to acknowledge the accomplishments of school psychologists in the first five years of their career. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to the practice and promotion of school psychology, research, and advocacy. Membership in local, state, and national organizations, presentation of research at professional conferences, and participation in volunteer and advocacy events are considered.
The Ohio School Psychologists Association Executive Board is honored to present the Fall 2020 Early Career Award to Emma Stowers.
Emma completed her Educational Specialist degree at the University of Kentucky, completing her internship and first employment in Brookville Local Schools, outside of Dayton. During those first few years, as the sole psychologist for her district, Emma managed her Preschool-grade 12 caseload, helped develop MTSS processes, was a member of the district leadership team, participated in the district’s Whole Child Advisory Council, and worked as the Varsity Swim team head coach. Those leadership skills, relationships, and experiences were tested when Emma supported her students and staff through two crises. In May 2019, Brookville was devastated by tornado, with the school building and many area homes severely damaged. A few months later, in August 2019, students and staff were impacted by the shooting in the Oregon District of Dayton. Emma was able to provide social emotional crisis response, keeping track of students and staff needing resources, risk assessments, and intervention. Emma has since moved to Fairborn City Schools, and is managing starting in a new district in the midst of a pandemic.