This week is School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) and the national theme is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge. According to the National School Psychologist’s website, their goal is to highlight how taking a small positive action creates connections that lead to positive change, builds greater successes and develops the academic and social–emotional skills students need to promote personal achievement, growth, and resilience, as well as a sense of belonging and well-being.

Lufkin ISD is fortunate to have Christa Ashbaugh, a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Assistant, and Malarie Thompson, a Licensed Specialists in School Psychology, on staff. Ashbaugh is in her first year at Lufkin ISD after graduating with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is responsible for behavioral observations, case management, ARD’s and testing for grades 3 through 12. Thompson is in her third year at Lufkin ISD previously working at the Lufkin State School. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Texas and her Master’s at Stephen F. Austin State University. She is responsible for behavioral observations, social skills groups, case management, ARD’s and testing for pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Kim Kassaw, Special Education Director, said, “These ladies are both so determined to correctly identify and provide appropriate support to our students. They go above and beyond for our teachers. Anything our teachers need , they will provide. They put a lot of time and consideration into their testing and observations to make sure that each child is accurately identified. We are so fortunate to have them at Lufkin ISD.”