McKay School graduate student Stephanie Skiba was awarded the Student of the Year award at the Utah Association of School Psychologists' recent annual conference.
Being named student of the year is an impressive feat and a tremendous honor. Skiba’s professors noticed her optimism and her special ability to work in challenging situations that involve frustrated parents.
To receive the award, a psychology graduate student must be nominated by a professor. The Utah Association of School Psychologists (UASP) committee considers the nominees from universities across the state of Utah and selects one student for the award.
UASP was impressed with Skiba’s outstanding character and performance. On its website, the UASP noted Skiba’s remarkable qualities that led her to receiving the Student of the Year award:
“Those who work with Stephanie appreciate her caring nature and her genuine enthusiasm for working with children. She is an optimistic team player who works hard to plan and carry out interventions. She offers proven skills to work effectively with those she serves, including students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Because of her strong communication skills, her thoughtful and practical insights, and her ability to accurately identify needs, she helps carry out interventions that best fit student needs and problematic challenges.”
Skiba is currently interning as a school psychologist in the Davis County School District.
“Initially, I wanted to be a teacher, but I didn’t know what I wanted to teach,” says Skiba. “I’ve always loved school psychology because it brought in that school atmosphere, as well as that psychology piece. I really like it because you get to be very involved with the community, teachers, parents, and kids.”
For students interested in pursuing a similar degree, Skiba recommends gaining real world experience early on in an academic career.
“The biggest thing with psychology in general is if [you] can get some real life experience, whether it be with kids or kids with disabilities, [you can] see if it’s something you like,” says Skiba. “I did it and I loved it.”
Skiba is originally from the Seattle, Washington, area. In 2014, she completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at BYU. She expects to graduate June 2017 with her master’s degree in school psychology from BYU.
Writer: Janine Swart
Contact: Cindy Glad (801) 422-1922
Photo Credit: Rob Richardson of Canyons School District