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The Beth Stokes

Best Practices Memorial Award

The William Ballard Award 

The Beth Stokes Memorial Award: Honoring Best Practices is given annually to recognize an outstanding practicing school psychologist. The recipient of this award will also be Tennessee's nominee for the NASP School Psychologist of the Year Award. Learn more

Recent Award Winners:

  • 2016         Cindy Minnis, Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • 2015         Aimee Dukes, Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • 2013         Mark Sigler, Lewis County Schools

  • 2012         Leilani M. DeFord, Bristol TN Schools

  • 2011         Kim Sumara, Memphis City Schools

  • 2010         Pam Parkinson Haggard, Alcoa Schools

  • 2009         Pat Goldsmith, Hamilton County

  • 2008         Amy Duesterhaus, Memphis City School

  • 2007         Susan Westbrook, Memphis City Schools

  • 2006         Ron Roberts, Metro-Nashville Public Schools  
  • 2005         Janet Panter, Shelby County Schools 
  • 2003         Fran Potter, Knox County Schools.


The William Ballard  Award is given annually to the outstanding graduate student in school psychology. In Fall 2012, the Ballard Award procedure was revised to include an award to a doctoral student and a separate award to a non-doctoral student in one of the state’s school psychology programs. Lean more

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