Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Joanne Sztogryn: A Generous Spirit Lives On

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Joanne Sztogryn: A Generous Spirit Lives On

Article excerpt

The NASP Education and Research Trust, Inc. (ERT) and Children's Fund (CF) recently received a wonderful surprise. A school psycholo- gist, Joanne Sztogryn, had made a bequest in her last will and testament: Over $33,000 was bequeathed through her estate, to be shared equally between the two charities. NASP leaders asked, "Who is this person who so generously remembered NASP?" Fortunately, I was lucky enough to have worked with her.

For 29 years, Joanne was employed as a school psychologist with Henrico County Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia. Joanne was an expert in child development and specialized in the diagnosis of learning disabilities. She was admired and respected by her colleagues, parents, and students. Joanne earned the respect and gratitude of teachers and parents alike as she championed appropriate educational services for all children.

Reflections from former colleagues:

While we all knew that she was brilliant and an expert on child development, those of us who worked with her closely also knew that she was a tender-hearted, sentimental person who loved dogs and gardening and who longed to have a little farm in New Jersey. Joanne had an amazing sense of humor and to say that she made me laugh in tense situations is an understatement. Joanne held herself to almost unbelievably high standards of work and ethics and these were the cornerstones of her career and life until the very end.

She was indeed an excellent professional, but what I will always remember was her stealthy sense of humor in difficult situations. …

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