Kim Hastings, Ph.D., Edmond Public Schools’ Response to Intervention Facilitator (RTI), has been named the School Psychologist of the Year by the Oklahoma School Psychological Association.

“I am overwhelmed and honored by this award,” said Hastings. “I love what I do for students, teachers, principals, and other school psychologists within our district.”

RTI is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. In her role, Hastings provides a full complement of tools to teachers which allow them to meet the needs of students on all levels in the classroom.

“She analyzes data, creates comprehensive guidebooks and develops extensive training programs for teachers,” said Angela Grunewald, Ed.D., Associate Superintendent for Education Services.  “She is purposeful in directing the district down paths that lead to success by ensuring that teachers have everything they need to meet the needs of individual learners.”

Hastings received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. She served as a school psychologist at Will Rogers Elementary school for four years before moving to Edmond Public Schools’ district office. She is also an advocate for the school psychology profession at the state level devoting her time to Oklahoma Tiered Interventions Systems of Support advisory board, and serving as an adjunct Professor for the OSU School Psychology program.

“Whether she is helping our teachers, teaching college students or collaborating with colleagues, Kim approaches each of her endeavors with one goal-to enthusiastically advocate for her profession.  She is the epitome of a professional and represents everything a school psychologist should be,” said Grunewald.