As the mother of former Miss America Cara Mund, DeLora Kautzmann is happy to let others shine in the spotlight. But last month, the spotlight was turned, and DeLora found herself the center of attention when she was named North Dakota School Psychologist of the Year at the fall conference of the North Dakota Association of School Psychologists. DeLora is the first winner of the award.

“I was stunned to receive the North Dakota School Psychologist of the Year, and I was truly touched to read the recommendation letters from colleagues, parents, and even former students,” says DeLora. “The impact you make today lasts a lifetime.”

DeLora has been a school psychologist for 34 years and a nationally certified school psychologist for 29 years. Over the years, she has written grants to implement many different programs for students, including the “STARS” program which provided academic assistance to high risk students. She has served on countless committees during her time as a school psychologist. DeLora says her motivation for all her extra work comes from the kids she helps everyday as a psychologist with Bismarck Public Schools.

“The job of a school psychologist is very challenging; however, it’s also one of the most rewarding. I’m so grateful to work with people who are so dedicated and committed to making a difference in a child’s life.”

DeLora was nominated for the award by her daughter, Cara.