Jeanette Holuk

Jeanette HolukTitle: Senior School Psychologist

Company: Special Services Division, Shelton School District

Location: Shelton, WA

Shelton, Washington, December 8, 2010, Jeanette Holuk, School Psychologist for the Special Services Division of the Shelton School District, has been recognized by Elite American Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in special education.

Devoted to the betterment of children in public schools, Ms. Holuk has 26 years of combined professional experience in the field of education. As a senior school psychologist for the Shelton School District, she is responsible for performing evaluations of elementary and middle school students to determine their eligibility and need for special education programs. Likewise, she serves as an integral part of the response-to-intervention team, which focuses on developing three-tiered curriculum to provide supplemental instruction to students struggling to learn in a traditional classroom. By providing a positive environment for her students, Mrs. Holuk has been able to understand school systems and employ effective teaching for successful learning. Further, she has demonstrated proficiency in constructing solutions through consultation, assessment, intervention, prevention and liaison services.

A religious woman, Mrs. Holuk distinguishes herself from her colleagues by infusing the influence of the Lord’s ministry into her work. Whether she is proctoring students in a testing session, working with students one-on-one, or simply observing their resiliency, she has been able to exert a genuine compassion for her profession by following her faith. In addition to her “big heart for children,” Mrs. Holuk draws on the encouragement she received from one of her graduate school professors, who taught her to utilize research that has already been done to formulate innovative teaching techniques.

Mrs. Holuk earned a master’s degree in school psychology, with a minor in education, from the University of North Texas, Denton in 1990. A certified school psychologist in the state of Washington, she also received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in business administration. After teaming with educators, parents and other mental health professionals to ensure every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment, Mrs. Holuk found it pertinent to retain a board certification in school crisis response, which she obtained from the National Center for Crisis Management in 2008. Further, she is affiliated with the Washington State Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Center for Crisis Management.

As a subject expert in dynamic indicators of basic early literacy skills and curriculum based measurements, Mrs. Holuk has completed special education IEP training and demonstrated a working knowledge of various cognitive test instruments, e.g., Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test, Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive Test, Stanford-Binet 5, and Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV; likewise, she exhibits fluency in evaluation tools utilized to measure a child’s social/emotional competence. After delivering a presentation with some of her colleagues on prepare crisis prevention and intervention curriculum from the National Association of School Psychologists’ conference, Mrs. Holuk has had opportunities to utilize her comprehensive experience over nearly three decades. In the face of challenges, she draws on her experiences from previous roles in the industry, including her positions as a school psychologist for the Shelton School District and the Omak School District, an associate psychologist for the Northwest Independent School District, and a psychometrics behavior therapist for Denton State School in Denton, Texas.

To date, Mrs. Holuk’s greatest career achievement was being named Professional of the Year representing school psychology by Cambridge Who’s Who. Her healthy career has been adorned with formal recognition, including the honor of Magna Cum Laude member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society. In 1990, she received an award for outstanding school psychology services from the Northwest Independent School District in collaboration with the Texas Psychological Association. Mrs. Holuk’s innate curiosity to research resources for meeting her students’ needs has provided her with immense gratification for every aspect of her students’ educational journeys – an appreciation which she considers the most rewarding part of her profession.

In her spare time, Mrs. Holuk enjoys gardening and refining her skills in landscape photography. Moreover, she finds solace in voluntary efforts with the Episcopal Church, where she serves as a lay Eucharistic minister. A family-oriented woman, Mrs. Holuk relishes the time she spends with her husband, Conrad, and their daughter, Pamela, son-in-law, Forrest and their grandchildren.

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