Leigh Kokenes Named National School Psychologist of the Year

She heads psychological services for two Raleigh schools

Photo courtesy of WCPSS

Earlier this year, the National Association of School Psychologists named Leigh Kokenes, M. Ed., NCSP, the 2019 School Psychologist of the Year at its annual convention in Atlanta. Kokenes provides school psychological services for students at Lynn Road Elementary School and West Millbrook Middle School, both in Raleigh. She advocates for comprehensive services, increased access to mental health services, proportionate staffing, and efforts to support recruitment and retention of school psychologists — all to help improve outcomes for children, families and schools.

Kokenes was selected as School Psychologist of the Year in 2016 by WCPSS and the North Carolina School Psychologist of the Year in 2017. She currently serves as a member of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education. She has a background in special education and early intervention, with experience working in public schools and early intervention and community mental health settings.

“School psychologists like Leigh are integral members of our school communities,” says WCPSS Director of School Psychology Heather Boling. “The wide range of expertise that school psychologists have in the areas of mental health, learning, and behavior help our students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally.”


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