As the School Psychologist, I am responsible for conducting psychoeducational evaluations and leading educational teams to determine the need for specialized instruction or other related services. I also assist teachers with implementing interventions for behavioral or academic concerns, as well as work with students to help develop coping strategies and other skills to increase their social-emotional well-being.
My Education and Professional Background
I graduated with my BA in Elementary Education in 2003, and then obtained my Master of Education in Special Education in 2006. I taught in Paradise Valley and Gilbert Schools before moving to Chandler in 2007. My teaching experience includes elementary and secondary grades, working with students who have varying disabilities and educational needs in self-contained, resource, and co-taught settings. I also served in an administrative capacity as the site-based lead for special education programming and caseload management. In 2018, I graduated from the University of Arizona with my Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology and obtained national certification. I am currently serving as the School Psychologist for Willis Junior High and am a member of the district Crisis Response Team.
My Educational Philosophy
My passion for special education is about identifying students in need of support and setting in motion the first step of a plan to them up for success. I work develop rapport with students to identify not only their areas of difficulty, but also their passions and strengths. I also work diligently to educate and collaborate with parents about the support special education provides. I work in partnership with a student's team to developing an educational plan that is rigorous, yet attainable, to promote academic, functional, and social success.
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