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School psychologist earns prestigious alumni award

LaFayette Central School District school psychologist Tara Spicer Powless was recently recognized by SUNY Oswego for the strides she’s made in the education field.


This fall, Mrs. Powless was named a 2016 recipient of the John J. Readling Award by SUNY Oswego’s Department of Educational Administration. Established in 1991, the award - named for the department’s founder – is annually presented to graduates who, by peer nomination, are voted most likely to make a significant contribution to education.


“It was an honor to have been nominated by my peers for the Readling Award,” Mrs. Powless said. “Being a recipient of this award further motivates me to ensure that the diverse learning needs of all students are met and to uphold social justice for all.”


Mrs. Powless holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from LeMoyne College (2007) and a master’s degree in the same field from SUNY Oswego (2010). She earned two certificates of advanced study from SUNY Oswego - one in school psychology (2010) and the other in educational administration (2014).


She became LaFayette’s K-12 psychologist more than six years ago. Her role includes working with administrators, educators, students and families to help strengthen the school community; providing support and interventions to students; and collaborating with district educators to help improve school-wide systems and practices. She also served on the district’s Response to Intervention Design Team and helped recraft the district’s Response to Intervention plan.


“The health of a society is determined by the welfare of its youngest generation,” Mrs. Powless said. “I want to leave the profession one day knowing that if I were asked, ‘How are the children?’ I could say with certainty, ‘All the children are well.’

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LaFayette Central School District
Laura Lavine, Superintendent

5955 Route 20 West
LaFayette, NY 13084
Phone: 315-677-9728
315-677-3372 FAX

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