U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Panetta introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the week of Nov. 7, 2022 as National School Psychology Week. The resolution seeks to honor more than 35,000 school psychologists nationwide for their work in providing a supportive and encouraging learning environment for all students.
“School psychologists work tirelessly to ensure our children are provided with the tools and resources they need to thrive, and they deserve our continued support,” Fitzpatrick said. “I am proud to introduce this resolution alongside Rep. Panetta to reinforce and recognize the vital role our school psychologists play in the everyday lives and success of students across the United States. Additionally, I want to thank Dr. Szarko of Doylestown for her commitment to our students and our community, and I congratulate her on her success as the National School Psychologist of the Year.”
Dr. Julia Szarko was honored for her work as a school psychologist in the Central Bucks School District.
“Being a school psychologist is not just a career choice, it is a calling that is honorable, rewarding, impactful, meaningful and difference-making. This job is not for the lighthearted; it requires carrying the weight of what we face day to day to meet the mental health needs of our students and break down the many barriers to learning, especially these past two years. It requires digging deep at times to get through overwhelming deadlines and demands, an urgency to meet children’s needs, and resolving the difference between best practices in school psychology and the state of the reality of the ‘real world.’ For me and I know many of my fellow school psychologists, it’s finding joy and making a difference for children and families that sustains us. Our careers are so purposefully driven and what a gift it is to go to a job every day where we are able to invest in children, adults and families and impact positive change. On behalf of my colleagues across the nation, thank you for joining in our celebration during National School Psychology Week; we appreciate your support and recognition beyond words,” Szarko said.