Welcome and thank you for your interest! As school psychologists in Northbrook School District 28, we aim to support students, staff, families, and the surrounding community. The role of the school psychologist encompasses many different domains with the primary goal of promoting student success! Please feel free to explore our site and contact us with any questions you may have! Please view the staff directory on this page to reach any of us.
Who are we?
We’re glad you asked!
The National Association of School Psychologists states that, “School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.” [www.nasponline.org]
How did we get here?
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. Our training emphasizes preparation and experience in mental health and educational interventions, child and adolescent development, learning, behavior, curriculum and instruction, assessment, parent and teacher consultation and collaboration, educational law, and educational systems.
What are our qualifications?
School psychologists complete a minimum of a specialist-level degree program, at least 60 graduate semester hours in the aforementioned areas. This includes multiple practicum experiences as well as a year-long supervised internship. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They may also be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board. The National Association of School Psychologists sets ethical and training standards for practice and service delivery.
What do we do?
Support Students Academically and Socially
Although the duties and roles of a school psychologist vary greatly from school to school, the primary responsibility is to provide appropriate and effective solutions to student problems in their academic and social lives. This is accomplished through a number of avenues:
- Facilitation of formal and informal problem-solving for academic and behavioral concerns.
- Collaboration and consultation with classroom teachers to support positive classroom environments.
- Provide guidance and support of data collection at the district, building, grade, and individual levels.
- Promote data-based decision-making and tiered academic and behavior intervention delivery in collaboration with classroom teachers, administrators, and interventionists.
- Provide direct student services including but not limited to: assessment, counseling, and individual and group interventions.
A Collaboration with Students, Staff and Parents
All Students: Your building school psychologist is a resource for all students, across all grades. We support student learning in all environments and at every level.
All Staff: There is a reason we’re not called “Student Psychologists!” We collaborate and consult with all staff, in every department. We interact daily with classroom teachers, administrators, and other support personnel.
Parents: Parent involvement and input is an integral part of providing comprehensive student support. We welcome parent participation during every step of your child’s education!