Danville school psychologist wins state, regional awards

September 30, 2003

Kandace Stroup, psychologist for Danville schools for nearly 20 years, has received state and regional awards from her peers.

At the 2003 Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools convention, held recently in Louisville, Stroup was presented the Best Practices Award for Region 5 and the Best Practices Award for Program Evaluation and Research for the state.

The regional award was for Stroup's "outstanding service to the children of Kentucky." The award was based on nominations from her counterparts in the region, which includes school psychologists in 25 central Kentucky counties.

One of Stroup's nominations came from her Danville co-worker, Susan Goggin.

"The award is reflective of someone in the region that stands out among other school psychologists," said Goggin. "Kandy has been standing out for many years, and she's never really been recognized for her contributions."


The state award was based on Stroup's being "instrumental in identifying and implementing various professional development programs in her district."

Stroup has been particularly active in the Kentucky Instructional Discipline and Support in Schools program. Her early work in the KIDS program and grant-writing skills resulted in Jennie Rogers and Toliver elementary schools being selected as pilot schools for the statewide program. The three-year program is designed to increase "positive climates" and decrease discipline problems. Stroup has been a local program coach since it was implemented in Danville.

Two Danville district personnel who also work closely with Stroup applauded the psychology association for the recognition it has given her through both the regional and state awards.

"Kandy has gone beyond the role of the traditional school psychologist," said Greg Schultz, director of Danville's preschool and gifted and talented programs. "Because of her extensive knowledge and experience, she is able to bring new and innovative ideas to the table as we try to work through issues within the district. Because of her scientific background, we can rely on her to present solid testing and behavioral analysis."

Claudia Watts, director of special education for the Danville district, called Stroup a "valuable member of our team."

"Her knowledge and expertise in assessing students elevates our district's special education program to a level of excellence," Watts said. "I am extremely proud to have the privilege to work with her. Her wealth of knowledge is immeasurable."

Stroup, who has been a school psychologist in the Danville district for 19 years, is a graduate of Centre College, where she received a bachelor of science degree in psychology, and the University of Kentucky, where she earned a master of science degree in education psychology.

She and her husband, Dr. Dan Stroup, a professor at Centre College, have two children, David, a junior at Danville High School, and Caroline, an eighth-grader at Bate Middle School.

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