Laura Kuebel shows up to work as a school psychologist at Huber Heights City Schools every day ready to capitalize on the small things.
Performing cognitive testing, greeting pre-schoolers when they arrive in the morning, holding circle times on the importance of sharing. The 28-year-old does all this while battling stage IV breast cancer.
“One of the great things about working here with these wonderful children is that for those moments, I forget that I’m sick and I feel normal,” Kuebel said. “I’m not Ms. Laura, the cancer patient. For eight hours a day I just get to be myself.”
Kuebel is in her third year as a school psychologist with the Montgomery County Educational Service Center (MCESC).
The Ohio School Psychologists Association recognized Kuebel for her work with the Early Career Award. This is an award that honors someone who is in the first five years of their career. Kuebel said she was nominated by her professors at the University of Dayton, where she got her graduate degree. Kuebel received the award at a conference earlier this month.
“Laura goes above and beyond every day,” said Connie Nichols, the MCESC School Psychology supervisor. “Her infectious smile, humor and willingness to help others makes her a fan favorite among families, students and staff.”
She works primarily with pre-school students. Kuebel also works at one of the school district’s elementary schools.
Kuebel said she has to be careful working with the children during cold and flu season, washing hands and wiping down all the surfaces in her office. Some days it is hard to do her job and manage her cancer, but those days are few and far between. Every day, Kuebel said, she comes to work thankful for her students.
“I manage a lot of bone pain, and some days it can be pretty difficult because the kids want you to get on the ground with them and play or race in the gym,” Kuebel said. “But I really enjoy going to work. It’s the best feeling.”
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