What is your role and function at WPS?
As an Assessment Consultant it is my role to assist customers with finding the most effective products to meet their needs. This support can include, but is not limited to, in-person or webinar trainings for school districts, providing sample forms, presenting at conventions, and having discussions about the products. I can help customers find exactly what they need and determine if they qualify for a large-order discount. I am here for the customer.
What issues or needs are you an advocate for inside the company?
I am an advocate for user-friendly, efficient, and effective products. As a school psychologist my time was very precious. I want to make sure that professionals are able to gain access to products that help make their job more efficient and effective. I want to cut down on the time that it takes to score tests and reduce redundancies. I will also advocate for tools, such as online webinars, that will help professionals learn about our assessments and discover all of their uses.
How long have you been at WPS?
I joined WPS in July 2015. Having been a school psychologist for seventeen years and in education for nineteen, I felt that I could bring my skills to the role of Assessment Consultant to help other professionals like me.
Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Baltimore City, Maryland until I was thirteen years old when my family moved to Howard County, MD, which is a suburb of Baltimore.
What are three personal things about you people probably wouldn't know?
I am the youngest of five children. I play on a co-ed recreational soccer league. My husband and I are very active in our community. We both volunteer for Special Olympics. We have also hosted several community events, including several events at the Howard County Fair (Archery contest, skid loader rodeo, an actual rodeo, and a lawn mower obstacle race course). For the last three years we have hosted the 4th of July Lisbon Parade and Festival, which featured antique cars, motorcycles, and tractors. We believe in giving back to the community and celebrating community spirit.
What's a big obstacle you've had to overcome in your life or career?
I think one of the biggest obstacles I had to overcome was the loss of my mother at her very young age of 62. I was 32 years old when it happened, but we were very close and her death was unexpected. Her loss really made me look at life differently, which eventually helped me approach my life and career in a different way. I have learned to take more risks in life because you are never promised tomorrow and you have to enjoy every moment of every day and treasure the relationships that you’ve built with people.
What is your personal connection to the WPS mission?
I believe that every person in the world has potential and that WPS has the ability to help professionals figure out how to unlock that potential in the clients that they are working with. I think part of this can be accomplished through the use of effective assessment tools and resources. As a school psychologist I worked with many students who have disabilities. My nephew also has severe dyslexia and ended up dropping out of school. It is important that professionals have someone supporting them in seeking out appropriate tools to help children so that they receive an effective and supportive education. WPS is the company to do just that!
What is your educational background?
I have worked in public education for nineteen years. Seventeen of those were as a school psychologist. I attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County where I received my B.A. in psychology in 1995. After that I attended graduate school at Towson University and received my M.A. and C.A.S. in school psychology in 1998. My internship was completed in the Maryland public school system.
What is something you are currently studying or learning?
Just prior to my employment with WPS, I was taking courses toward completing an Administrators and Supervisors certification in Maryland. I also have an interest in leadership development and strategic planning for organizations.
What do you enjoy most about working at WPS?
I love the people and how the company actually operates by its core values.
What did you used to do before WPS?
I was a school psychologist in Maryland for seventeen years. In addition to being a school psychologist, I have been active in my national, state, and local associations. I have served as NASP Delegate for Maryland and on the Board of Directors for the National Association of School Psychologists. I have also served on the Board of the Maryland School Psychologists’ Association as President, Legislative Chairperson, Newsletter Editor, Program Co-chairperson, and several other roles. I was a member of the Legislative Committee for both the Maryland State Education Association and the Howard County Education Association (HCEA). I also served as a Board of Directors member for HCEA and on the negotiations committee. During the 2013/2014 school year, I was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Special Education Access and Equity as a representative of the Maryland School Psychologists’ Association.
Where can we contact you?
You can email me here