Richland School District Psychologist Receives State Honor
Katie Pardini, school psychologist with the Richland School District, has been named 2013 School Psychologist of the Year by the Washington State Association of School Psychologists (WSASP). Pardini was honored at the WSASP Annual Conference last Friday (October 18) in Spokane.
“Katie is a respected and trusted school psychologist leader who makes a difference in the lives of the students she serves,” said Mandy Cathey, RSD Assistant Director of Special Education. “She shares her knowledge and experiences with colleagues. She has been instrumental in helping the Richland School District meet the needs of our special education population.”
“It is clear that Katie has a passion for the students she works with and goes above and beyond her required duties as a school psychologist,” stated Susan Ruby, WSASP President. “Her expertise is sought after by teachers, administrators, and parents.”
Pardini provides support to school staffs, her fellow school psychologists, and the families of the students she serves. She has mentored school psychology interns instilling them with best practices in interventions, assessments, and data-based decision making. She has developed Social Thinking training and presented on this topic at the WSASP conference last week.
“Katie is a resource that all team members appreciate collaborating with, even in the most difficult situations,” added Cathey.