February 10, 2006
Mary Ann Seng is one of only 10 psychologists statewide who will be honored next week with the Outstanding School Psychologist Award from the California Association of School Psychologists.
"I’m shocked," Seng said. "I’m just doing my job like everyone else. All of my colleagues in Long Beach are wonderful, and they work just as hard as I do."
Seng works at Signal Hill Elementary School and has been with the school district for six years. When she was hired, she was the only Khmer-speaking school psychologist in the state. She lives with serious illness, including a seizure disorder and lupus, an autoimmune disorder that attacked her liver, kidneys, lungs and central nervous system. She has undergone kidney dialysis and two rounds of chemotherapy. Her condition is now stable.
LBUSD Senior Psychologist Tiffany Brown nominated Seng for the award, citing Seng’s valuable support of families through her bilingual skills.
"In addition to her passionate work with the Cambodian community, Ms. Seng has also served the needs of a large, urban elementary school," Brown wrote in Seng’s award nomination letter.
"At her school, Ms. Seng is a known voice of reason and a person who is recognized for doing whatever it takes to create a positive situation for a student," Brown stated. "She works effectively with teachers, support staff and administrators. Often, she works as a bridge between a school and a struggling student to ensure that the child has the opportunity to meet their potential."
Seng will receive her award Friday, February 17 during a conference in Monterey. She is being recognized as the top psychologist in the Southeast Los Angeles County region.
LBUSD school psychologists have now been recognized in the Southeast region for three years in a row. Brandon Gamble was recognized in 2004, and Marcie Roussos was honored in 2005.