About Cervantes...
Position: Psychologist
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 812-6109
Email: Cervantes

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Hello, my name is Michael Cervantes. I am excited to be a part of the gifted community within Chandler this school year. I was born and raised in northern Nevada. I moved to Arizona during my undergraduate career and later returned to the Phoenix area to complete my training in school psychology. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, working out, completing puzzles, and entertaining my two cats.

My Education and Professional Background

Upon graduating high school in Reno, I attended the University of Arizona in Tucson. I began working with kids during college as I worked for the Boys & Girls Club of America as a summer-camp coordinator. I also coached track & field at the high school and colligate level prior to becoming a school psychologist. Later, I transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Research Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. I then attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I earned my Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. During my graduate training, I worked for Clark County School District, The PRACTICE at UNLV, and the Educational Advocacy Clinic through UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. I moved to Chandler to complete my internship with CUSD and was later hired on as a psychologist. Upon completion of my graduate program, I received my certification from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

My Educational Philosophy

My role as a school psychologist is to provide both direct and indirect school-based mental health services and promote mental health well-being for all students. One of my primary objectives as a school psychologist is to help provide expert insight to key stakeholders during the identification process for students with suspected disabilities and/or mental health challenges. I also strive to help families better understand their child’s strengths, how they can help their learning, and connect them with any community resources relevant to their child’s needs. The services I provide are in accordance with NASP’s 10-domain practice model and ethical guidelines. I very much enjoy working with gifted learners and understand the complexity of strengths and challenges that may arise with twice-exceptional students. I look forward to working with parents within the gifted community to better help support students’ learning, behavior, and mental health.

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