Longtime District Professional Named School Psychologist of the Year

Palm Beach County Schools Website | December 19, 2023

Adrienne Avallone has had a distinguished career in education spanning nearly 30 years in the School District of Palm Beach County. She has earned numerous accolades and recently added another when she received the 2023 School Psychologist of the Year Award from the Florida Association of School Psychologists (FASP).

The award is given to a Florida School Psychologist who best demonstrates professional responsibility, growth, and leadership. She accepted her award at the FASP’s annual conference in November.

“I am really honored to receive this award,” Avallone said. “Being the State of Florida School Psychologist of the Year is such an honor.”

Avallone worked as an Exceptional Student Education Teacher in the District for 10 years before deciding to go back to graduate school and earn another master’s degree, this time in School Psychology.

“I had a school psychologist at my school influence me and suggested I would be interested in school psychology,” Avallone said. “It was the best career change. I am now in my 19th year as a School Psychologist and I really love the profession.”

Avallone is a nationally certified and licensed School Psychologist who works with students in middle and high school. For her, the best part of her job is the connection with students and helping them to be successful in school, both academically and socially. She also helps encourage students to find their connections on campus through her efforts running a spirit club and being the junior varsity cheer coach at William T. Dwyer High School.

Even after nearly two decades in her role, every day is different and can present numerous challenges. Through it all, Avallone has never lost sight of the significance of what she does and always works to provide the best support and assistance to students.

“Through my efforts, I hope that students know there was someone on campus they trusted and who cared about them,” Avallone said. “I hope that they learn the skills and strategies to be successful after school as well as the value and importance of education.”

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