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School Psychologist Clare Marsh Included Among Elite Professionals

Ms. Marsh was president of the Wisconsin School Psychologist Association
  • <strong>Clare Marsh</strong>
    BERLIN, WA, March 16, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Clare Marsh has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Clare Marsh, School Psychologist, retired in 1995 after an extensive career helping students who were not successful in school. There could be many reasons. The task was to find out what and devise a plan to help. The process began with a conference with the teacher who stated the problem and what had been tried, new suggestions and if the problem remained, parenteral consultation and, if desired, consent for evaluation. The next step could be a multidisciplinary evaluation. The school psychologists' major job was to find out where the child was academically, and using appropriate test material, to discover the cognitive level and the pattern of strengths and weaknesses. Social functioning was included if it was a problem. A child getting appropriate help led to better functioning and a stronger self-concept, along with a sense of satisfaction for everybody involved.

Though she began her career as an English teacher Clare became more interested in students and the problems they face. Many children experienced anxiety and a sense of failure which was shared by their families who did not know what to do. Not a good way to learn. To become a School Psychologist more training beyond the BS degree was needed and that meant more cost. Ms. Marsh, as a cum laude graduate, was notified about a Fellowship program under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, sponsored by the National Defense Education Act, part of President Johnson's Great Society. At this time UWM had decided to improve and expand their School Psychology program. Clare applied for the Fellowship and won membership in a very small group of Fellows who became long term friends and colleagues. Sixty credits were required plus an internship in the West Allis-West Milwaukee school district. At completion, she was hired and a 27 year career with WA-WM followed.

Success with a student proved so rewarding that Ms. Marsh decided to work with the summer teams in the Milwaukee and Wauwatosa (WI) school systems. Every day brought a new and interesting challenge and pleasure when help for the child was set in motion.

A new challenge emerged with a part time position with the Milwaukee School of Engineering which was opening up its curriculum to a field of study not before associated with engineering- Psychology. Perhaps students would not have chosen something they probably felt would be a waste of time, but they gradually did grow in appreciation for how Psychology could help them in very practical ways. Understanding human behavior can be helpful in dealing with other people. Willingness to participate in classroom discussions helped the students to be more comfortable in
communicating their ideas and learning to defend them in a positive way, or in disputing another's point of view also in a positive way-a communication style useful as part of a team.

Ms. Marsh had a strong interest in promoting School Psychology, so she became a part of many organizations. Since education is so important and it constantly changes, to keep current she joined both the National and Wisconsin Education Associations as a life member. She first became a member of the Suburban School Psychologists, a local group, as a student, and then as a full member serving in every office except treasurer for a total of 29 years. Her next longest association was with the WI School Psychologist Association where she was a member of the state planning committee, chair of the membership committee, secretary, convention chair, president elect, president, and past president. During her term as president she worked with the WI Federation of Pupil Services. Following a European visit, she became a member of the International School Psychologist organization, enjoying conventions held in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Paris, France (at the Sorbonne), among other nations and serving as representative of Wisconsin.

Retirement brought an opportunity to be more active in her church, Our Lords United Methodist, where she continues to sing in the choir, occasionally plays violin, and enjoys participation in the United Methodist Women's group. Here she has served in leadership positions including treasurer, secretary, president, and in education and interpretation. In this latest role she plans an annual visit to a place of worship of other religious groups in which leaders conduct a tour, explain their faith and welcome us into their services.

To date visits have been made to a Jewish synagogue, the Islamic Society, which houses a mosque, Sikh temple, Catholic Basilica (on the National Register of Historic Places) Serbian Orthodox church, and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Greek Orthodox church, the purpose being to find commonalities, to develop appreciation for differences and to enjoy fellowship rather than to take an us-them attitude and stand apart.

About Marquis Who's Who :
Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com.

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