She is a powerhouse of positive vibes. When Laura Kuebel walks into a room, the dynamic changes and those in proximity can’t help but smile. When she walks to the podium Thursday afternoon to collect the Early Career Award from the Ohio School Psychologists Association it’s guaranteed the room will be full of smiles.
The purpose of the Early Career Award is to acknowledge the accomplishments of school psychologists in the first five years of their career. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to the practice and promotion of school psychology, research, and advocacy. Membership in professional organizations, commitment to professional development, participation in and presentation of research to peers, participation in school and/or community based volunteer efforts, letters of support, and personal and professional characteristics are considered when choosing the award recipient. The bottom line is Kuebel dominates her profession.
“In her role as an MCESC School Psychologist, Laura goes above and beyond every day,” said Connie Nichols, the MCESC School Psychology Supervisor. “She is known by every family and student at the Studebaker Preschool as Laura greets parents and students daily in order to get to know all families she works with. Her infectious smile, humor and willingness to help others makes her a fan favorite among families, students and staff.”
Laura is in her third year as a school psychologist with the MCESC. She was hired by the MCESC following her graduation from the University of Dayton School Psychology Program. Laura specializes in Preschool School Psychology. She has been the Preschool School Psychologist for Huber Heights City Schools since joining the MCESC School Psychology Team. In addition, Laura helps to serve one of the elementary schools in Huber Heights as well.
Laura has created and provided many PD Opportunities while providing preschool services including special education updates, behavioral interventions with preschoolers, and evaluation needs with preschoolers. She serves on multiple committees for the preschool community focusing on literacy and preschool needs in the community. .
To wonder how Laura has done all of this work in the three years as a new school psychologist while battling Stage IV breast cancer is to underestimate her grit.
“I’m determined to get up and go to work every day I possibly can,” Kuebel said. “One of the great things about working here with these wonderful children is that for those moments, I forget that I’m sick and I feel normal,” Kuebel said. “It’s the best feeling.”
She will be receiving the award during at the OSPA Fall Conference on November 7, 2019 at the Hilton Polaris in Columbus during their luncheon awards ceremony.