MCPS Staffer Named School Psychologist of the Year
Cheree Price, psychologist with MCPS since 2017, has been named School Psychologist of the Year by the Montgomery County School Psychologists’ Association (MCSPA).
Price is described as a bright light in MCPS, a kind and energetic individual who is a model school psychologist. Administrators say Price is dedicated and selfless. She is committed to ensuring that students, families and staff get what they need so that students can find success. She is the consummate professional at the Educational Management Team (EMT) table, intuitively understanding when families and staff need a soft touch or some tough love, all with grace and empathy. She is able to break down complicated psychoeducational report jargon into understandable and actionable language and has a deep understanding of student behavioral and academic needs. Without a doubt, she is a critical partner in the Functional Behavior Assessments/Behavior Intervention (FBA/BIP) and Individualized Education Program (IEP) processes.
Colleagues say Price is personable, invested in the community and spends all her time helping students, parents, teachers and staff.
She serves as co-chair for the MCSPA Diversity and Social Justice Committee and the Professional Relations Committee. Last fall, she helped plan and coordinate the districtwide mental health fair and helped create psychoeducational lessons for the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism.
At the state level, Price serves as a co-representative for the Montgomery County SPA and as a co-chair for the MSPA Diversity Committee. She is currently working on training her colleagues statewide to facilitate conversations around race and social justice for the MSPA Diversity Dialogue. Nationally, she is also a member of the Government Enhancement Initiative leadership outcomes task force with the National Association of School Psychologists.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Denison University; a master’s of education and an education specialist degree in school psychology from John Carroll University.
RM Educator to Teach African American History to Temple Congregation
Jerome Price, a Richard Montgomery High School history teacher, will lead a seven-part course on African American history to members of the Tikvat Israel congregation in Rockville. The classes will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). All other sessions will run from 8–9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 20 through Feb. 24. Tikvat Israel members may participate at no charge. The opening session is free to all; the cost for non-members for the remainder of the series is $54 (or $9 per class). Read more about it on pages 5 and 13 of the synagogue’s newsletter.