Betty DeBoer’s Final Presidential Message: Highlights and Thank You’s
As most of you know, I have been fortunate enough to get to serve as WSPA President for the past 2 years. My term ends July 1 and then I will serve as “Past President” in which my new responsibility will involve being on call for the new President, John Humphries.
I want to summarize some of the excitement that I’ve gotten to participate in over my term as President and then to thank those who have supported me through this journey.
* My sense of pride in being a school psychologist grew tremendously as I learned about the amazing commitment school psychologists have to children and schools. This commitment was the RULE, not the exception.
* I had the opportunity to work with fabulous WSPA board members and Association Manager, Mike Lackas. WSPA has a large board with MANY committed individuals who advocate for children and for our profession every day in their jobs.
*I further developed alliances with organizations such as the Wisconsin Alliance of Pupil Service Organizations (WAPSO), DPI, the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) and the School Administrators Alliance (SAA).
*I represented WSPA at the State Superintendent’s “Keeping Wisconsin Schools Safe: A Wingspread Summit" where 39 hand picked people from across Wisconsin brainstormed how Wisconsin should address the safety needs of students in school.
*WSPA has written letters to legislators and the Wisconsin Judicial Council. We believe we may have stopped the removal of our privileged communication rights.
*Many people supported my efforts during this journey. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse department chair and staff were there every step of the way.
*My family and friends encouraged me from the very start. When I was contemplating running for President, my son, Christopher, said, “Mom, you can slow down or you can speed up. I think we both know which one you are going to do.” My best friend, Chris Nelson, said, “You always tell me to not let you take anything more on, but I know better than to try to stop you.” Finally, during my term, my husband, Dave, reminded me every time I began to feel overwhelmed that Harry Truman reportedly said, “Being president is like riding a wild tiger”. These words of encouragement from my family and friends have helped support me throughout this journey.
*The people I want to thank the most are my students and interns over the past 2 years. They have shown patience throughout my journey as President and have supported me along the way. I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of you!
My husband WAS right…. Being president is like riding a wild tiger!
Thank You for the Ride, WSPA!