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Objective

Objective

To obtain a professional staff position as a School Psychologist, be a positive role model and provide a positive learning environment that fosters academic, emotional and social growth for students.

Summary

I am excited to start my career as a school psychologist and help to better student's futures! Through my years of teaching I have gained extensive experience with students who were diagnosed with various disabilities, but students diagnosed with ASD have captivated my professional interests the most. My teaching and case management backgrounds have enhanced my ability to respond to various school crises.  I have a strong background in all areas of school psychological services, a strong foundation from years of teaching and a thorough understanding of school functionality through multiple leadership positions I have held.

Experience In:

  • Knowledge of various special populations
  • Knowledge of various cognitive, behavioral, adaptive, objective and projective personality assessments and rating scales
  • Intervention development and implementation
  • RTI data collection
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Plans- development and implementation
  • Classroom Management
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Curriculum Design & Development
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • EP/IEP Development & Monitoring
  • Interactive Learning
  • Multicultural Awareness
  • Small & Whole Group Instruction
  • Student Assessment
  • Student Engagement
  • Student Motivation
  • Student-Centered Instruction

Education

Work History

Feb 2013Present

School Psychologist

St. Lucie County Schools
  • Complete psycho-educational evaluations to analyze learner characteristics and design appropriate learning objectives.
  • Work with faculty and students to apply research proven study, behavior and time management programs.
  • Collaborate with school personnel to identify barriers to learning and facilitate problem resolution.
  • Assist student, parent, and special education staff in the creation and implementation of IEP and EP goals and objectives.                                              
Feb 2012Present

Instructional

St Lucie County Schools-FDLRS

  • Teaching the next section of Special Populations of the Gifted for the Gifted Endorsement starting in January 2012.
  • Taught Guidance and Counseling of the Gifted for the Gifted Endorsement in February 2012. 
Jul 2012Feb 2013

Teacher- 6th Grade World History

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition
  • Taught sixth grade Regular and Advanced World History classes with a class size average of 20 multicultural students including mainstreamed students with learning and behavior disabilities.
  • Incorporated positive behavior support techniques to motivate students, improve conduct and encourage active participation.
  • Continuously monitored student progress and adjust classroom strategies accordingly to meet the individual needs and learning gains of every student.
  • Assisted student, parent, and special education staff in the creation and implementation of IEP and EP goals and objectives.
Aug 2011Jun 2012

School Psychology Intern

St. Lucie County Schools

  • Completed psycho-educational evaluations to analyze learner characteristics and design appropriate learning objectives.
  • Worked with faculty and students to apply research proven study, behavior and time management programs.
  • Collaborated with school personnel to identify barriers to learning and facilitate problem resolution.
  • Assisted student, parent, and special education staff in the creation and implementation of IEP and EP goals and objectives.
Jul 2009Jun 2011

Teacher, 8 Social Studies

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition
  • Taught eighth grade Regular and Advanced United States History and Civics classes with a class size average of 25 multicultural students including mainstreamed students with learning and behavior disabilities.
  • Incorporated positive behavior support techniques to motivate students, improve conduct and encourage active participation.
  • Continuously monitored student progress and adjusted classroom strategies accordingly to meet the individual needs and learning gains of every student.
  • Assisted student, parent, and special education staff in the creation and implementation of IEP and EP goals and objectives.
    Jul 2006Jun 2009

    Teacher, 6-8 Social Studies Gifted

    St. Lucie West K-8 School
    • Taught sixth through eighth grade Advanced and Gifted Social Studies classes with a class average of 20 multicultural students.
    • Continuously monitored student progress and adjusted classroom strategies accordingly to meet the needs and learning gains of every student.
    • Assisted student, parent, and special education staff in the creation and implementation of IEP and EP goals and objectives.
    • Coached and mentored basketball cheerleading squad of 18 girls for the 2008 basketball season.
    Oct 2004Jul 2006

    Intensive Case Manager

    • Managed assigned client case loads of up to 15 clients.
    • Assessed client's strengths and needs to develop client oriented service plans.
    • Continuously monitored client's status and eligibility for various forms of public and private assistance.
    • Coordinated referrals, admissions, discharges, and transfers between service modalities both within and outside NHTC continuum of care.

    Certifications

    July 2016Present

    School Psychologist Licensure

    Florida Department of Health
    Dec. 2014Present

    Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor

    National Council for Behavioral Health and  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Sept. 2014Present

    CHAMPS Classroom Management Instructor

    Safe and Civil Schools- Randy Sprick
    Feb 2010Present

    Clinical Educator

    Florida Department of Education
    Dec 2010Present

    CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Certification

    Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc.
    Sep 2012Present

    Nationally Certified School Psychologist

    National Association Of School Psychologist
    Jul 2008Jun 2013

    Professional Educator's Certificate

    Florida Department of Education
    Jul 2008Jun 2013

    Gifted Endorsement

    Florida Department of Education

    Leadership Experience

    • Clinical Educator- Mentor to new School Psychologist                                  July 2016- Present
    • Clinical Educator- Mentor to new School Psychologist                                  Jan.  2016- April 2016
    • Social Studies Department Chair                                                                            July 2012- Present
    • PBS Core Team Member- Secretary                                                                       July 2012- Present
    • Educational Team Leader                                                                                          July 2010- June 2011
    • History Fair Coordinator for Palm Pointe                                                             July 2010- June 2011
    • Mentor to New Instructional Staff Member                                                         July 2010- June 2011
    • PBS Core Team Member- Secretary                                                                       July 2010- June 2011
    • Graduate Association of School Psychologists-President (WPB)               July 2010- June 2011
    • National Junior Honor Society Faculty Council- Secretary                           April 2010- June 2011
    • Clinical Educator- Mentor to Student Teacher                                                   Jan. 2010-May 2010
    • Graduate Association of School Psychologists- Vice President (WPB)     July 2009-July 2010
    • Coached and mentored basketball cheerleading squad of 18 girls          Jan. 2008- April 2008

    Professional Trainings

    • Helping Children Learn to Listen (2016)
    • Building Trauma Informed Communities for Youth (2016)
    • Signs of Suicide (2016)
    • Reading Instruction: Documents from the National Reading Panel (2016)
    • Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Third Edition and Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale, Third Edition (2016)
    • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fifth Edition (2016)
    • Prevent, Teach, Reinforce FBA/BIP Process (2016)
    • Depression (2016)
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (2016)
    • Preventing Medical Errors in Behavioral Health (2016)
    • Reading Interventions for Orthographic and Phonological Processing (2015)
    • Starting and Maintaining a Private Practice for School Psychologist: How to and Ethical Practice (2015)
    • The FBA/BIP Technical Adequacy Tool for Evaluation (TATE): Improving Practice (2015)
    • Behavior Intervention Plans in Secondary School (2015)
    • Using Motivational Interviewing to Enhance Consultation Services (2015)
    • How Schools Can Mitigate the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (2015)
    • ADHD: Assessment, Treatment and Progress Monitoring with Children and Adolescents (2015)
    • Training in Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for School Psychologist (2015)
    • Helping Adolescents Navigate Challenging Family Contexts Using School-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (2015)
    • Addressing Child and Adolescent Behavioral and Emotional Problems Using the BASC-3 (2015)
    • Delivering Cutting Edge Mental Health Interventions in the Schools: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know (2015)
    • Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practices that Support LGBTQ Youth and Families (2015)
    • Building Resilience in Your Young Client (2015)
    • Mental Health First Aid USA (2014)
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor Course (2014)
    • The Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders: Diagnosis and Intervention (2014)
    • ADHD, Sleep & Other Epidemics (2014)
    • Bullying Among Young Children Raised by Their Grandparents (2014)
    • School Based Mental Health Services Across the Tiers (2014)
    • Effective Interventions for Students Exhibiting Academic Disengagement and Behavior Problems (2014)
    • Assessment, Intervention, & Outcome Monitoring of Adolescent Psychopathology (2014)
    • The Boy Who Could See Letters but Not Words (2014)
    • Reality Check on Fidelity Checks: Assessing Barriers & Improving Intervention Delivery (2014)
    • English Language Learning (2014)
    • Record-Keeping Guidelines from the American Psychological Association (2014)
    • Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents (2014)
    • Mental Health Medications (2014)
    • Traumatic Brain Injury: A Disability Often in Disguise (2014)
    • Functional Behavior Assessment & Antecedent Interventions (2013)
    • Help! I Have an ELL Student to Evaluate (2013)
    • Screening for and Measuring the Effectiveness of Behavioral and Social-Emotional Interventions, Challenges and Solutions (2013)
    • Working Memory & Cogmed: An Update on the Research (2013)
    • CBT with Adolescents in Schools: Creating Effective Socratic Dialogues (2013)
    • Cyberbullying and Its Effects on Youth (2013)
    • Trauma and Eating Disorders: Where to Start (2013)
    • Student Engagement: Research and Interventions (2013)
    • Domestic Violence: Do We Always Hurt the Ones We Love? (2013)
    • How to Treat Students with Aggressive Disruptive Behaviors and Ways to Bolster Resilience in High Risk Students: The Role of the School Psychologist (2013)
    • Medical Error Reduction Training for Behavioral Health Care Providers (2013)
    • Promoting Learning Gains in the Age of Common Core Standards (2013)
    • NASP- BPV 5: Universal Screening (2013)
    • NASP- BPV 6: Data Analysis Teaming (2013)
    • NASP- BPV 21: Aligning Academic Assessments with Instruction (2013)
    • NASP- BPV 44: PBS at the School Level (2013)
    • NASP- BPV 71: Best Practices in Delivery of Intensive Academic Interventions (2013)
    • The ABC's of Progress Monitoring in Reading Webinar (2012)
    • Creating High Performance Learning (2012)
    • Understanding the Common Core Standards (2012)
    • Transforming School Psychology in the RTI Era-Professional Learning Community (2012)
    • Second Step Social Skills (2012)
    • Teaching Reading in the Content Areas- Journeys (2011)
    • Behavior Management/ CPI refresher (2011)
    • Leaps Social Skills Webinar (2011)
    • ESE Procedural and Legal Requirements (2011)
    • Positive Behavior Supports (2011)
    • Intel Teach Program- Technology Integration Framework (2012)
    • NASP- BPV 7: Can't Do/Won't Do Assessment CPD Module (2010)
    • NASP- BPV 8: Setting Progress Monitoring Goals CPD Module (2010)
    • NASP- BPV 90: Brief Counseling with Students CPD Module (2010)
    • RTI Module - Progress Monitoring (2010)
    • Teacher Inquiry (Action Research) (2010)
    • Introduction to Problem Solving and Response to Intervention -FLDOE (2010)
    • Discipline/Classroom Management Strategies for Teachers with Positive Behavior Support (2010)
    • Teacher Effectiveness Strategies-ABC's of PBS and RTI (2010)
    • Thinking Maps (2009)
    • Lucie County Bullying and Harassment Policy (2009)
    • Clinical Educator Training (2009)
    • Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies (2008, 2009)
    • ESE Instructional Strategies & Curriculum (2007, 2008)
    • Reading Instructional Strategies (2007, 2008, 2010)
    • Ruby Payne: Framework for Understanding Poverty training (2007)

    Conferences & Workshops Attended

    • Florida Association of School Psychologist Annual Conference (2015)
    • Florida Association of School Psychologist Summer Institute (2015)
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training (2014)
    • Florida Association of School Psychologist Annual Conference (2014)
    • Florida Association of School Psychologist Annual Conference (2013)
    • Florida Association of School Psychologist Summer Institute (2013)
    • The South Florida Response to Intervention Symposium (2012)
    • Florida Association of School Psychologist Annual Conference (2011)
    • Florida Association of School Psychologist Annual Conference (2010)
    • NARSAD 7th Annual Palm Beach Mental Health Research Symposium (2010)
    • Florida Association of School Psychologist Annual Conference (2010)
    • NARSAD 7th Annual Palm Beach Mental Health Research Symposium (2010)
    • Florida Association of School Psychologists Summer Institute (2009)
    • Florida Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference (2009)
    • NSU- Overview of Confidentiality and The Law: Student Records and Documentation (2009)
    • NSU- Evaluation Suicidality in Children & Adolescents (2009)
    • NSU- Crossing the Line: Corporal Punishment and Physical Abuse (2009)
    • Absolutely Nearly Everything You'll Need to Know About Conducting Group Therapy (2009)
    • Florida Association for the Gifted Annual Convention (2008)

    Presentations

    Professional Presentations

    • CHAMPS Classroom Management - Various SLC school locations (2015-Present)
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid- Various school and community locations (2015- Present)
    • Differentiation, Accommodations, and Modifications (2014-Present)
    • Behavior Education Program (2014- Present)
    • School Psychologist: Consultative Model for Teachers of Children with Autism - FASP (Nov. 2014)
    • The Long and Winding Road: PBIS in St. Lucie County- FASP (Nov. 2014)
    • Response to Intervention: Academic and Behavior (2013- Present)
    • Response to Intervention: Core and Problem Solving Team Protocols-RCSSL (Feb. 2012)
    • High Stakes Testing- Parent Academy (Dec. 2011- Development only)
    • Getting the Message Out: Successful and Practical Tips for Bully Prevention- FASP (Nov. 2011)
    • Positive Behavior Support- CPI techniques for de-escalation in the classroom (Jan. 2011)
    • Practical Tips for Reducing Test Anxiety- FASP (Nov. 2010)
    • Positive Behavior Support- Palm Pointe Middle School Faculty Training (Nov. 2010)
    • Technology to Increase Communication between Home and School- SLWK-8 (Jan. 2009)

    Graduate Studies Presentations

    • Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning, Second Edition (Apr. 2011)
    • ASD: Screening, Assessment, & Intervention (Dec. 2010)
    • Acculturation & African Americans (Dec. 2010)
    • Florence County School District Four v. Shannon Carter (Aug. 2010)
    • Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners ( Jun. 2010)
    • Children's Depression Inventory (Jun. 2010)
    • School Bullying....Everything you need to know! (Apr. 2010)
    • Substance Abuse: Cocaine & Heroin (Oct. 2009)
    • Behavior Disorders: Oppositional Defiant Disorder & Conduct Disorder (Sep. 2009)
    • Theory of Multiple Intelligence (Jul. 2009)
    • Jean Piaget's Developmental Theory of Intelligence (Jul. 2009)
    • Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Successful Intelligence (Jul. 2009)
    • Adlerian Therapy (May 2009)
    • Deaf & Hard of Hearing (Apr. 2009)
    • Giftedness & the Gifted: What's It All About? A Quick Look at Intelligence (Jul. 2008)
    • Jean Piaget & Joseph Renzulli's Theories of Intelligence & Giftedness (Oct. 2007)
    • Gifted Females & Gender Issues (Jul. 2007)
    • Haiti: History, People, & Culture (Jun. 2007)

    Computer Skills

    • Competent in various scoring software programs and web based programs for assessment measures
    • Competent in Microsoft Windows 10/XP Pro/2000/98/95
    • Concrete working skills in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
    • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Works
    • Familiar with Microsoft Excel and SPSS
    • Ability to type 60 words per minute
    • Utilize SmartBoard technology and CAVS unit

    Affiliations

    • National Association of School Psychologists
    • Florida Association of School Psychologists
    • Florida Association for the Gifted
    • National Association for Gifted Children
    • National Autism Association
    • Nova Southeastern University: Psi Chi Chapter
    • Nova Southeastern University: GrASP (WPB)
    • National Educators Association

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