Patrick Ballard, a psychologist with Fayette County schools, has been named School Psychologist of the Year by the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS). He also was one of five contenders to receive a Best Practice Award during the KAPS conference in October in Louisville.
Ballard is in his second year in the Fayette County schools and also has worked in schools in Scott, Franklin, Kenton and Clark counties from the preschool through high school levels. He also has been an educational surrogate recruiter and coordinator, an emergency mental health coordinator and a community services liaison. His interests include school-based mental health services, crisis response and intervention and community outreach.
“So much of this job is about respecting others, meeting needs, and offering hope,” Ballard said. “If we actively pursue those goals, then we can bridge gaps and truly make a difference in the lives of students. Making those differences in the lives of students is what education is all about and what keeps me coming back.”