School Psychologist

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 Ann Van Ert
VM #94738

Hello! My name is Paula Kirschenheiter and I am the new school psychologist at Red Pine Elementary this year.  I am looking forward to supporting the students, teachers, and parents who are part of the Red Pine community.  I will be at Red Pine on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday. The other half of my position is with Early Childhood Special Education. Prior to working in District 196 I was a school psychologist for four years in the North Branch Area Public Schools. While each school psychologist’s role is unique, I’ve included general information about the role of school psychologists below.


School psychologists work with a team of people to help students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. School psychologists are trained in both education and mental health to know how to identify and lower barriers to learning. These barriers can include developmental or learning disabilities, behavior difficulties, unconventional learning styles, school or classroom climate, issues at home or with friends, violence, and mental health problems such as anxiety or depression.

The services at the core of school psychologists’ work include prevention, consultation and evaluation, intervention, and research and planning.

For more information about school psychology please visit the National Association of School Psychologists website at

Resources for families are also available through the National Association of School Psychologists at

[Adapted from: “What Is a School Psychologist,” Andrea Canter, Helping Children at Home and School II: Handouts for Families and Educators, NASP 2004.]