OHSPRA is proud to have awarded five members with the brand new Power PRo Designation at our Spring Conference in April. The unique and free distinction is awarded to members for their active involvement with OHSPRA throughout the year. The Power PRos earned points by completing a combination of required and elective tasks, which are detailed on our website at https://www.ohspra.org/ContestAwards.aspx.
OHSPRA will continue to recognize our new Power PRos individually in a number of ways through the summer and fall by:
- sharing their profiles, like this one, in OHSPRA newsletters
- sending an official Power PRo announcement/recognition letter to their superintendent and school board members
- hand-delivering a custom-made award to their district
We are proud to share more about one of our five 2022 Power PRo recipients: Betsy Fuller as she answered our slate of questions in her own words.
Betsy Fuller, APR
How long have you been in school P, and what is your title? 5 years, Lakota Local Schools, Director School/Community Relations.
What attracted you to school PR? Had I not gone into advertising and marketing, I would have chosen to be a high school English teacher. I have always been a strong supporter of public education. When I had the opportunity to shift gears and marry my professional experience with my second career choice of education, it seemed like a dream come true.
Tell us about yourself, family and outside interests. A native of Cleveland, I’ve had the opportunity to live and work on both coasts, in Los Angeles and New York City, before returning to my home state. My husband, Doug, and I have two wonderful daughters, Hannah and Emily. When I’m not telling the stories of Lakota’s 17,000+ students, you can find me hanging out with my family and friends, traveling and reading.
What interested you in applying for the Power PRo designation? Participating in professional development opportunities is a priority for me. I always strive to continue learning in order to improve in my field. I’m thrilled that OHSPRA has developed the Power PRo designation. It is yet another opportunity to push myself to learn and give back to this field.
What did you think of the Power PRo program? Would you recommend it? I have already recommended the program to my colleague. It’s always motivating to work towards a goal and knowing that I would need to accomplish certain tasks, or participate in certain events/projects helps keeps me motivated and learning.
What did/do you love about OHSPRA's Spring Conference and/or about being an OHSPRA member? I love that we were able to get back together in person this year. In addition to some great sessions, having the opportunity to connect with others around the state is refreshing and energizing. I was able to make some connections with people I haven’t met before, as well as connect with colleagues I haven’t seen for a while. I appreciate that OHSPRA seems to be “stepping up its game” when it comes to PD. For example, the lunch and learn opportunities have been great and I hope they continue.
Anything else you'd like to add? I’m hoping that there will be an opportunity for OHSPRA members to connect at NSPRA!