Gerardo De La Torre

  • Somerton US-AZ
Gerardo De La Torre

Education

Education

Work History

Work History
Sep 2009 - Present

Bilingual School Psychologist

Gadsden Elementary School District
  • Conduct psycho-educational evaluations of referred students and serve as facilitator of a multidisciplinary evaluation team.
  • Assess difficulties being experienced by referred students through appropriate testing and diagnostic practices.
  • Coordinate the evaluation of all students referred for evaluation.
  • Make recommendations for all students following evaluation in accordance with district policy, state and federal law.
  • Confer with administrators, teachers, and parents as appropriate about the educational needs of and appropriate intervention for disabled students.
  • Provide timely written reports, which include recommendations for program planning.
  • Assist teachers in developing behavioral management plans through the use of diagnostic and behavioral assessment skills.
  • Obtain information about a variety of services offered to disabled school-age children outside the school and assist in obtaining such services when needed.
  • Participate as a facilitator of a multidisciplinary evaluation team in the evaluation/IEP process and effectively communicate with other team members and parents.
  • Assume responsibility for continued professional growth and development through maintenance of appropriate professional memberships and workshops.
  • Assist with staff development and parent education.
  • Interpret school psychological services to teachers, administrators, and parents.
  • Attend staff, professional, and inter-agency meetings as appropriate.
  • Network with community resource agencies.
  • Participate in and/or generate research of relevance to the school population.
Jan 2009 - Aug 2009

Graduate Student Intern

Catalina Council Boy Scouts of America
  • Contacted and met with local community agencies to promote boy-scouting events.
  • Provided educational activities to children targeted at building their self-esteem, visual attention skills, listening skills, communication skills, social skills, and team building skills.
  • Translated into Spanish recruitment materials as well as educational materials for recruitment purposes.
  • Assisted in the evaluation of quality service delivery of program services.
  • Assisted in the development of group activities aimed at stimulating creativity and team building skills.
  • Maintained accurate and up-to-date case records of students.
  • Conducted presentations during den and pack meeting on topics related to self-reliance, team building skills, respect, and values.
Jul 2008 - Jan 2009

Early Head Start Family Educator

Easter Seals Blake Foundation
  • Interviewed and screened potential families to determine eligibility for the Early Head Start program.
  • Contacted and met with local community agencies to promote Early Head Start services.
  • Educated new parents on issues pertaining to child development, behavior issues, educational opportunities, and legal issues affecting children and families.
  • Conducted presentations during meeting on topics related to parenting skills and cognitive development.
  • Provided weekly home visitation to enrolled families and provided educational activities to children in an effort to stimulate their cognitive, social, communication and motor development.
  • Translated into Spanish recruitment materials as well as educational materials for enrolled families.
  • Interpreted the content of meetings to non-English speaking families.
  • Evaluated and determined the appropriateness of quality service delivery of program services.
  • Provided transportation services to enrolled families as needed.
Nov 2004 - Aug 2006

CASA Coordinator

Arizona Court Appointed Special Advocate Program
  • Interviewed, screened and trained potential volunteers for the CASA Program.
  • Contacted and met with local community leaders in an effort to promote the program services and create closer ties with the local community.
  • Trained new volunteers on issues pertaining to court policies, court testifying and ethical matters.
  • Conducted presentations to neighborhood associations and to the community in effort to recruit volunteers.
  • Supervised and evaluated program volunteers tasked with the advocacy of adjudicated children.
  • Evaluated, revised and determined the adequacy and appropriateness of court reports written by CASA volunteers.
  • Organized and participated in ongoing recruitment events.
  • Maintained regular contact with the media in effort to recruit CASA volunteers.
  • Conducted presentations to local agencies in effort to identify and recruit CASA volunteers.
  • Participated in the interview process during staff recruitment events.

Skills

Skills

Spanish language

Speak, write and read in the Spanish language at a native level .

Computer Skills

Microsoft Applications:

  • MS Word
  • MS PowerPoint
  • MS Excel

Web-based Software:

  • E-IEP Pro
  • Pearson Inform

Conferences Presentations

"Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Psychological Services in School-Based Mental Health Settings", University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

"Asperger's Syndrome: From a Neuropsychological Perspective", University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

"De-Escalation/Letting Go Process and Life Space Interview", Handle with Care Behavior Management Systems Training, Gadsden Elementary School District #32, San Luis, Arizona.

"Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten", Gadsden Elementary School District #32, San Luis, Arizona.

"School Psychology as a Profession", Job Fair at San Luis High School, San Luis, Arizona.

"Down Syndrome: Educational Implications", Gadsden Elementary School District #32, San Luis, Arizona. 

"Trastornos del Espectro Autista", Gadsden Elementary School District #32, San Luis, Arizona.

"El Espectro Autista:, Gadsden Elementary School District #32, San Luis, Arizona.

Certifications

Certifications

Handle with Care Trainer Certificate

Handle with Care Behavior Management Systems Trainin

Competent Toastmasters (CTM):

Toastmasters International

Faculty Skills Development Training

Arizona Superior Court Training and Education Services

Instruction in Administration on Children, Youth and Families Child Welfare Case Manager Core Training

Ariz Dept of Econ Security

References

References

Jose Urena

Betty J. Cather

Shitala Mishra

Jorge Zepeda

Edward Waters Hood

Virginia Rivera