Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools

There shall be an American Psychological Association of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) Committee whose mission shall be to:

  • Promote the highest standards in teaching of psychology both as a science and discipline.
  • Promote professional development and other means for lifelong learning for high school teachers of psychology.
  • Increase professional identity and promote leadership for high school psychology teachers of psychology.
  • Facilitate networking, including the formation of both horizontal and vertical linkages, among teachers from all teaching levels of psychology.
  • Encourage recruitment and retention of students, particularly minorities, in the field of psychology.
  • Enhance visibility and legitimacy of high school psychology within the American Psychological Association.
  • Enhance the visibility of legitimacy of high school psychology with other members of the psychological community.
  • Recommend the appropriate response advocacy, education policy, and certification issues that impact on the quality or viability of teaching of high school psychology.

Staff Liaisons

Members

2014 APA TOPSS Committee. Bottom row (L-R): Michael McLane, Janie Wilson, Amy Ramponi, Maria Vita. Top row (L-R): Emily Leary Chesnes, Steve Jones, Yadira Sanchez, Virginia Welle, Bill Wozniak, Michael Hamilton.

2014 APA TOPSS Committee. Bottom row (L-R): Michael McLane, Janie Wilson, Amy Ramponi, Maria Vita. Top row (L-R): Emily Leary Chesnes, Steve Jones, Yadira Sanchez, Virginia Welle, Bill Wozniak, Michael Hamilton.

  • 2015 Chair: Michael Hamilton (2015)

  • 2015 Chair-elect: R. Scott Reed, MEd (2015)

  • 2015 Past Chair: Michael McLane (2015)

  • Amy Johnson Ramponi (2014-15)
    Member-at-large

  • Isabel Morales, EdD (2015-16)
    Member-at-large

  • Steven Turner, MEd (2015-16)
    Member-at-large

  • Virginia Welle (2014-15)
    Member-at-large

  • Sue Frantz, MA (2015-17)
    College faculty representative

  • William Wozniak PhD (2014-16)
    College faculty representative

Elections

Annual Reports