Sample named School Psychologist of the Year Ranah Sample was named the 2001 South Dakota School Psychologist of the year at the South Dakota Association of School Psychologists annual convention in Rapid City, Sept. 27-28.
The award is presented to an outstanding school psychologist in the state, who demonstrates exceptional leadership, service and dedication to the profession. Recipients must be nominated by their peers and voted on by area representatives of the South Dakota Association of School Psychologists.
An excerpt from Sample's nomination included:
"She has always provided psychological services at the highest level to students, teachers, and parents. I believe it is important for the nominating committee to know that Ranah is one of the most committed people in her profession. It is common to find Ranah working late at night and early in the morning to meet deadlines and provide appropriate interventions for children as they are needed.
"When working with children, Ranah always made decisions based on what was best for the child. I recall many cases in which Ranah would attend annual IEP staff meetings on children she had evaluated in the past to make sure they were receiving the services they needed. In addition, it was not uncommon to find Ranah on the phone trying to locate appropriate referral sources for students and their parents."
School Psychology is a specialty within the profession of psychology which focuses upon the psycho-educational development of individuals, their abilities and potentials, and the emotional and cultural factors which influence the learning process.
Sample is certified by the state of South Dakota as a school psychologist and school counselor. She is employed by the Southeast Area Cooperative, which serves the school districts of Alcester-Hudson, Beresford, Canton, Centerville, Elk Point-Jefferson, Gayville-Volin, Irene, Viborg and Wakonda.