Your Position: School Psychologist Intern
What led you to your current position: It has always been my passion to work with, support, and advocate for students and their families. When deciding what to study for my master's degree, I was inspired by other school psychologists in my program (Meka and Toshia!) to consider school psychology. In my research, I was pleasantly surprised that the work of a school psychologist would not only increase my knowledge and expertise in special education but put me at the tables and in the conversations to give voice and help to serve justice to the students and families who are underserved. I am excited about the new journeys of this position and continuing this great work.
Fun Fact/Quote: “I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, it’s is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.”
What does your average day look like: The joy of this work is that everyday can bring on new adventures. At any given moment I can be found facilitating a social skills group, in session with a student, presenting my findings in an IEP meeting, consulting with a teacher, collaborating with teams in meetings, note taking in a training, being advised in supervision, meeting with families or simply laughing with co-workers as I rush out the door to get to class. The possibilities are endless!
Why do you do this work: I do this work because it brings me joy and allows me to fulfill my purpose in helping students and families navigate the unfamiliar grounds of special education.