About the Psychologists in Schools Association

Founded in 2005 with 33 initial members, PISA is a professional association of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. The focus of PISA is the provision of professional development and dissemination of information relevant to Psychologists in schools. In the 2012/2013 school year, there were 147 members in this association.

PISA Executive
Executive members are all involved in selecting the October Conference topic and presenter and organizing the conference.  Nominations for positions are solicited each year during the Annual General Meeting held at the PISA October Conference.
Current Members 
President: Dan Stephenson
Past President: Beth MacInnis
Vice President: Kelly Humphries
Treasurer: Matthew MacLeod
Secretary: Crystal Sampson
Webmaster-Newsletter Editor: Rachel Lathrop
Past President Matthew MacLeod said, "As PISA President, the main duties include organizing and leading the professional association executive and conference meetings (e.g., developing agendas, meeting chair).  The President is also the spokesperson for the association and is responsible for coordinating the Annual General Meeting.  Good public speaking skills and organizational skills are assets to the position.  In addition, being on the PISA executive contributes credits as part of NSBEP’s Continuing Competency Program."
Past Vice President Ashley Monk said, "When volunteering to take on the PISA Vice-President and Conference Chair position I thought 'what have I gotten myself into now!' Planning the October conference is not as difficult as it seems (it was actually enjoyable). I believe that PD is a vital component in staying current as a School Psychologist. This position has allowed me to learn and converse with some great minds! The conference planning does take time, commitment, and organization but you are not alone. The entire executive is there helping you through every step. I look forward to seeing you all Oct.25."
A description of executive member duties is located on page nine of the NSTU Professional Associations handbook, available online at: http://nstu.ca/images/pisapklot/PAhdbk%202012-2013.pdf
Former PISA executive members
Regional Representatives
Regional Representatives work with the executive to keep all PISA members informed about news and events. Regional Representatives are selected informally by each board.  
Annapolis Valley Regional School Board - Katherine Terauds
Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board - Crystal Sampson
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board - Stefani MacNeill Jessome
Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial - Constance L'Ecuyer
Halifax Regional School Board - Stacey Bragg-Young
South Shore Regional School Board - Janine Brennan
Strait Regional School Board - Hugh MacDonald
Tri-County Regional School Board - Carol Arthurs

Past PISA Newsletters

Fall 2010
Spring 2012