EWU alumnus Robert Graham ’13, ’08, MS school psychology, BS applied developmental psychology, has been named the state of Washington’s School Psychologist of the Year.
Graham is the school psychologist for Sharpstein Elementary and Garrison School in the Walla Walla School District. He was honored during the association’s annual conference Oct. 19, 2018, in Seattle.
“I am extremely humbled by this entire experience and more importantly by my colleagues and administrators’ words of admiration,” said Graham. “I am proud to bring this accolade back to Walla Walla Public Schools and look forward to continuing to grow professionally while striving to be the best educator, father, son and husband that I can be.”
Graham says that additional shout-out needs to go to Susan Ruby, the EWU School Psychology Ed.S. Program, all his mentors along the way, and to his graduating class of 2013!
He began his career in January 2013, in the Cheney School District as an emergency certified school psychologist. Later that year, he was hired by Walla Walla Public Schools.
According to Director of Special Education Libby Thompson, Graham was selected for this award because of his ability to see the whole child and his belief that all students are capable of high learning no matter their circumstances. She says he goes above and beyond to make sure students get what they need in all areas. He works with parents to ensure they know they are an important part of the team.
“Rob is one of the best school psychologists I have worked with in my entire career in education,” said Thompson. “His integrity, compassion and knowledge combine to make him extremely successful in working with students, parents and staff. He is always willing to take on any task, and he is usually the first person I bring in to help solve issues that may arise.”