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Welcome to my web page. I am the school psychologist at Sherman Elementary School.
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school. School psychologists’ unique training builds a broad range of skills that enables them to:
- Work collaboratively with students, parents, teachers and other professionals
- Use problem-solving approaches to address student issues
- Improve school practices and policies to reduce impediments to student achievement
- Exhibits strong team member and leadership skills
- Promote appreciation and support for human diversity
- Employ good interpersonal and communication skills
- Demonstrate the highest standards for ethical and professional behavior
School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation; use different strategies to address student needs; and to improve school and district-wide support systems. They also provide training to teachers and parents regarding effective teaching learning strategies, effective techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, and work with students with disabilities. In addition, school psychologists provide the following services:
- Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavioral problems.
- Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.
- Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.
- Evaluate eligibility for special services.
- Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
- Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.
- Evaluate learning environments.
- Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning.
- Provide training in social skills and anger management.
- Help families and schools manage crises, such as death, illness, or community trauma.
- Design programs for children at-risk of failing at school.
- Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
- Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to make schools safer and more effective learning environments.
Research and Planning
- Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs.
- Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools.
- Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.