Jan. 24, 2024
School psychologist Rebecca Spencer has been named the 2023-2024 Student Services Employee of the Year. She was recognized at this week's School Board meeting. A crowd of supporters joined her to celebrate.
Her colleagues chose her because of her experience, her eagerness to mentor others, and her cheerful attitude, said Executive Director of Student Services Donna Sicilian.
“Becky always has a smile on her face and helps to make the work environment a positive one. She is well respected by all her colleagues and is always willing to take on additional tasks outside her job responsibilities, including serving on community boards and committees,” her nominator shared.
Student Services span many vital roles in PCS, from mental health support to college and career preparedness to physical wellness and more. She was chosen from over 600 of her colleagues for her dedication and care of students.
Spencer has worked for the district in a variety of roles for more than 27 years. She has served students as an itinerant school psychologist and worked on multiple federally grant-funded projects. She currently serves as a school psychologist on the District Threat Management Team. Spencer was also instrumental in the launching of the Prevention Office.
She's the first to step up to train her peers and holds national certifications as a trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid, PREPaRE Crisis Response, Olweus Bullying Prevention, trauma-informed response and most recently for Florida Threat Management. Spencer also serves as a Crisis Response lead at schools.
Her honor coincides with Student Services Week, which is celebrated February 5-9.
Spencer learned of the honor during a surprise visit to her school earlier this month: