Jefferson County School Psychologist Bethanie Brogli Opell was recognized as the 2013 Kentucky School Psychologist of the year during the recent Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS) conference.
Opell received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She went on to further her education by earning her Masters and Ed.S. in School Psychology, also from the University of Kentucky.
She completed a one-year internship in Grant County and is now beginning her 12th year as a school psychologist for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS).
During her service at JCPS, she has conducted assessment and consulting services at four to five schools each year, and at all age ranges. She serves on the district’s mental health consultation team and private school assessment team.
She has been also able to reserve one day a week to conduct counseling services, working with the most severe internalizing high school students in the district.
She is a National Association School Psychology certified PREPaRE trainer and a crisis response leader for JCPS. When not at work, she spends time with her husband, two baby girls and two dogs. She and her husband are in the process of building a home in Spencer County.
“Bethanie works passionately to advance the profession of School Psychology and is dedicated to providing the students of Jefferson County Public Schools with the best possible services”, said Dr. Joe Bargione, Jefferson County Lead Psychologist.
KAPS is the statewide association representing nearly 300 school psychologists practicing in Kentucky.