- 1988: BS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Stout
- 1990: EdS, School Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Stout
- 1990: Began employment in CCSD, School Psychologist
Why did you choose to work for the Clark County School District?
I decided to work for the Clark County school District as a newly hired, first year school psychologist because I knew that a larger school district such as Clark County would offer me the opportunities and challenges I desired to pursue and develop my special interests such as counseling and crisis intervention, consultation, mentoring other school psychologists, providing staff development and training to teachers and fellow school psychologist specific to RTI practices, and my emphasis on neuropsychological educational assessments. The Clark County School District Psychological Services Department welcomes and encourages their staff to develop expertise in areas of interest and to use such to benefit the needs of the children, families and staff in the Clark County School District.
What do you love about living in Clark County?
Moving to Las Vegas from Wisconsin was a big change, and one for the better for myself. What I loved about living in Clark County was the continuous growth and improvements to the infrastructure of Las Vegas, which included the Clark County School District. I had the opportunity to open and work in newly built schools with wonderful facilities and resources that allowed me to be more effective in my daily work. I also have enjoyed what the city had to offer in regard to the climate, entertainment and wonderful restaurants and dining experiences.
How would you describe the Psychological Services Department?
First and foremost, I would describe the Psychological Services Department as caring and supportive of their staff. The Director and Coordinators understand the challenges of working as a school psychologist and, more specifically, the daily challenges and needs of the school psychologists in the Clark County School District. The Coordinators are out in the field assisting and collaborating with their staff and in some cases, working along-side the school psychologist, whether conducting assessments or sitting in on meetings with parents or site-based teams. Secondly, I would also describe my department as progressive and cutting edge with regard to best practices in the field, addressing and adapting to the changing climate in education as it affects school psychologists, providing school psychologists with the resources needed to do the job thoroughly, and providing the staff ongoing professional development opportunities necessary to grow and maintain their skill sets. On a final note, I have come to feel that the Psychological Services Department in the Clark County School District has become part of my extended family.