Dr. Cara Riebe Named Chapter Psychologist of the Year
Oyster Bay High School psychologist Dr. Cara Riebe was named Chapter School Psychologist of the Year by the New York Association ofSchool Psychologists (NYASP). The honor recognizes members of local chapters who demonstrate excellence in school psychology and spend most of their time providing direct services to children and their families. Dr. Riebe will be honored at the association’s annual conference in Syracuse, NY on October 17-19 with other chapter winners across the state.
Dr. Riebe said she was “humbled and proud” to be recognized for the award. “There are so many extraordinary professionals across the area so I was very surprised to be chosen,” she said.
Dr. Riebe was nominated by Dr. Mark Terjesen, one of her former professors from St. John’s University. He wrote in his nomination letter: “Dr. Riebe is an exemplary model of a professional school psychologist who regularly integrates the domains of school psychology training in her teaching and practice….not only does she keep current of those practices, Dr. Riebe truly throws herself into her work and is a presence in the school settings.”
Serving the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District throughout her career, Dr. Riebe is in her eighth year at Oyster Bay High School and previously served grade 3-6 students and their families at James H. Vernon School for nine years. During her tenure, she has been a Committee on Special Education (CSE) and Section 504 Chairperson, helping ensure that students with disabilities get the social and emotional support they need in school. She also serves as a liaison to out-of-district placements and as a district-appointed crisis coordinator to support the PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention training curriculum, developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
In a letter of support, Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher praised Dr. Riebe’s calm demeanor and professionalism, and called her “second to none in terms of her role.”
“Dr. Riebe is wonderful in dealing with our most challenging students,” Ms. Lasher said. “We have worked together to restructure weekly support meetings, which have improved our ability to help students achieve success in many areas, including academically, socially and emotionally… She has dealt with some very uncomfortable issues among our student body, which include but are not limited to bullying, sexual and other harassment, DASA issues, and more.”
Flattered by the recognition, Dr. Riebe said as a school psychologist, she does not work alone. “I work with an incredible team of people and we help and support one another to be able to meet the students’ needs.”