BPS Psychology Team Members Win Prestigious State Awards
Viera, FL: Brevard Public Schools is pleased to announce that two of our mental health professionals have won prestigious awards as top professionals in their categories in the State of Florida. Jessica Copeland was named the 2021 Florida Early Career School Psychologist of the Year, and Charlie Eccleston was named 2021 Florida School Psychologist of the Year.
Copeland has been with BPS for the past three years. She minored in Education and discovered her passion for working with children could be combined with her love for psychology. Upon researching School Psychology positions, she fell in love with the idea of being a part of identifying children’s needs early and setting in place supports and plans to ensure every child succeeds.
Eccleston has been in education for 30 years, with the past 18 of those serving as a school psychologist. He has served in various roles and has led the implementation of Response to Intervention, now MTSS. Eccleston has also trained district personnel on the implementation of this process since its implementation in the State of Florida and been a district coach for PBIS and holds certification as a CaBA. As honored as he was to lead Brevard's Psychological Services Department for almost a year and a half, he ultimately decided he wanted to be back in the schools working directly with students, teachers and parents. His goal as a school psychologist is to make a difference in the school communities that he serves to positively impact the lives of students.
“It is such a joy to see our dedicated team members be recognized at the State level for their commitment to serving the students, families and staff in our community with excellence. I’m so proud to serve alongside education professionals like Jessica and Charlie and know that our students have people like them to invest in not just their academic pursuits, but also in their life journeys,” said Dr. Mark Mullins, Superintendent of Brevard Public Schools.