McCollum students learn about school psychology

McCollum students learn about school psychology
Posted on 11/16/2018

In light of School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW), Trinity University student Edith Pantoja visited McCollum psychology classes to speak to students about the school psychology profession on Nov. 14.

Pantoja, who is currently completing her psychology internship at Harlandale ISD, talked about the important role school psychologists play to help all students thrive.

She shared that this year’s SPAW theme is “Unlock Potential. Find Your Password!” A password is a personal key for unlocking any number of areas of potential in our lives. School psychologists are skilled at assisting students and staff in unlocking the resources, proactive and preventative skills, and positive connections necessary to unlock one’s full potential to succeed in school and life.

Harlandale ISD Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Marlo Mitchell-Gonzalez hopes the visit helps raise awareness about school psychology among students.

“We want to let students know that this is a potential career path to go down because there is a critical shortage of school psychologists at this time,” Mitchell-Gonzalez said. “We all know what a teacher or counselor does, but a lot of people don’t know about school psychologists. We want them to know the pros of becoming a school psychologist.”

Harlandale ISD’s Licensed Specialists in School Psychology currently assist students ages 3-21 every day to strengthen connections between home, school and the community. They provide academic, behavior and mental health supports, evaluation, assessment and data analysis, and consultation with teachers and families.

Pantoja is happy to have gained real-life experience while interning at the district and looks forward to working with students in the future.

“Students face a lot of problems, which can affect them in an academic way,” she said. “As a school psychologist, I hope to make an impact on their lives and help them succeed.”

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