The district has 43 school psychologists who provide comprehensive services for students, parents and staff
By Toni Konz Tatman | JCPS Communciations
They are trained in human development, behavior, and mental health and can respond to a crisis situation in a split second, but the 45 school psychologists in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) do so much more each day.
"We work every day to help students, teachers, and schools unlock their potential," said Rashawna Mullaney, the district's lead psychologist.
School psychologists are assigned to each JCPS school. Aside from mental health support and consulting with parents and staff, they provide individual and group counseling with students, she said.
"We work to support the academic achievement, positive behavior, and mental wellness of all students—especially those who struggle with barriers to learning," Mullaney said.
Nov. 11–15, 2019 is National School Psychology Awareness Week and the theme this year is “Find Your Focus.”
According to the National Association of School Psychologists, this year's theme is action oriented, flexible, and relevant to all age groups. Finding your focus can mean a variety of meanings from paying attention, to being able to see an idea more clearly, to identifying an area of interest, or to being persistent or determined in one’s effort.
JCPS school psychologists have been honored on a state and national level for their work on establishing interventions, building crisis support frameworks, and their advancement of the field of school psychology at the state and local level.
Ten of our school psychologists have been nominated for a variety of awards at the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools conference, which is being held later this week in Lexington:
- Darcy Burt, works with Byck, King and Wilt elementary schools
- Kristin DeMichele, works with Southern and Eastern High, Phoenix School of Discovery and Minor Daniels Academy
- Martina Grider, works with Laukhaf, Audubon and Frayser elementary schools and Mary Ryan Academy
- Kelsi Gosnell, works with Jacob, Trunnell and Kerrick elementary schools and Mary Ryan Academy
- Diane Herrick, works with Hazelwood and Gutermuth elementary schools, and Waller-Williams Environmental School
- Terri Kendall, works as a districtwide specialist of mental health services
- Kristen Kyriacou, works with Middletown, Stopher and Greathouse/Shryock elementary schools
- Amy McClain, works with Fairdale Elementary, Eisenhower and Medora elementary schools
- Melissa Pascua, works with Jeffersontown, Chancey and Norton Commons elementary schools
- Rashawna Mullaney, works as the district's lead psychologist
JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio said that the district's school psychologists are essential members of the district's team.
"They are the positive force and role models who work hard every day to build critical-thinking, self-regulation, and resiliency skills in all JCPS students," Pollio said.
This article was originally published on Nov. 11, 2019.