Boulder Hill School psychologist a finalist for state ‘Practitioner of the Year’ award

Oswego Community Unit School District 308 has announced that Brianna McKinley, school psychologist at Boulder Hill Elementary School, was one of two finalists in the Illinois School Psychologists Association’s (ISPA) Ted Smith Practitioner of the Year Award for 2021.

McKinley was recognized during the ISPA Virtual Convention Awards ceremony held Jan. 29.

“I feel honored and humbled to receive this award,” said McKinley in a statement issued by the school district. “I love working at Boulder Hill and feel so fortunate to have so many opportunities to make a bigger impact thanks to my admin, teachers and support staff.”

ISPA is a not-for-profit professional association representing school psychologists in the state of Illinois since 1979 with the mission to serve the educational and mental health interests of all children. To be eligible for consideration, nominees need to have at least three years’ experience in a school setting as a practicing school psychologist practitioner and be a current member of ISPA.

“Although Brianna was not selected as the recipient of the award, we could not be more proud of her,” said Toia Jones, principal of Boulder Hill Elementary School, said of McKinley. “Brianna’s dedication to Boulder Hill and all that she does for our school community is acknowledged and appreciated daily by her Bobcat family.”