Welcome!

Hello everyone,

My name is Mrs. Knopp.  I am the school psychologist at Soule Road Middle School.  Below I have provided a description of what my job entails.  To give you a little background about me:  I am 34 years old and married.  My husband, Jeremy, and I have a 7 year old son named Jace and a 3 year old girl named Giana who keep us VERY busy.  I attended SUNY Oswego and received my bachelor's degree in Psychology.  Due to a transfer in my husband's job, we moved to Rochester.  I attended Robert's Wesleyan College for my master's degree and certificate of advanced study. I then went on to receive my national certification.  My family is from the Utica area and many of them now live in the Syracuse area.  We relocated to Cicero in February of 2009 to be closer to our families.  I began working in the Liverpool School District in September of 2009.  

Job positions I have had throughout my life have all led up to becoming a school psychologist.  I have worked as a residence counselor at United Cerebral Palsy.  In this position I worked as a one to one aide with children ages 5-21 years.  In this position I gained experience working with many individuals with different needs.  Disabilities in this household ranged from cerebral palsy, autism, bi-polar disorder, down syndrome, seizure disorders, schizophrenia, etc.  After moving to Rochester, I began working as a para-educator at Stepping Stones Learning Center.  In this position, I worked as a one to one aide with a student diagnosed with Autism.  I was trained in Applied Behavior Analysis and Facilitated Communication.  

I interned as a school psychologist at East Rochester School, which was a kindergarten through 12th grade building.  I was able to gain experience working with all school aged children.  I was fortunate enough to received a position at East Rochester school after the completion of my internship.  In February, when I moved to Cicero I began working for Little Luke's Child Care Center as a school psychologist doing preschool evaluations.  In this position, I had the opportunity to travel to individual's homes and administer evaluations to help determine if these students required extra academic support.  In September of 2009, I began working at Long Branch Elementary School.  I have gotten to know many of the students in that building and have to say I LOVE MY JOB!  After one year full time at Long Branch Elementary I was split between LBE and SRM.  This was a great experience because I was able to work with elementary as well as middle school students.  I am currently working at Soule Road Middle School full time.

My husband often tells me that I am lucky because I have found the career I am meant to be in.  I love working with children and it is my goal to help them to be happy and successful individuals.   I look forward to getting to know all the students and families this school year.

 

What is a School Psychologist?

 

School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that includes a year-long supervised internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). The National Association of School Psychologists sets ethical and training standards for practice and service delivery.

What do School Psychologists do?

School Psychologists Work With Students to:

  • Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems
  • Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning
  • Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism
  • Enhance understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and backgrounds

School Psychologists Work With Students and Their Families to:

  • Identify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success
  • Evaluate eligibility for special education services (within a multidisciplinary team)
  • Support students' social, emotional, and behavioral health
  • Teach parenting skills and enhance home–school collaboration
  • Make referrals and help coordinate community support services

School Psychologists Work With Teachers to:

  • Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning
  • Design and implement student progress monitoring systems
  • Design and implement academic and behavioral interventions
  • Support effective individualized instruction
  • Create positive classroom environments
  • Motivate all students to engage in learning

School Psychologists Work With Administrators to:

  • Collect and analyze data related to school improvement, student outcomes, and accountability requirements
  • Implement school-wide prevention programs that help maintain positive school climates conducive to learning
  • Promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students by reducing school violence, bullying, and harassment
  • Respond to crises by providing leadership, direct services, and coordination with needed community services
  • Design, implement, and garner support for comprehensive school mental health programming

School Psychologists Work With Community Providers to:

  • Coordinate the delivery of services to students and their families in and outside of school
  • Help students transition to and from school and community learning environments, such as residential treatment or juvenile justice programs

Where School Psychologists Work

The majority of school psychologists work in schools. However, they can practice in a variety of settings including:

  • Public and private schools
  • Universities
  • School-based health and mental health centers
  • Community-based day-treatment or residential clinics and hospitals
  • Juvenile justice centers
  • Private practice

How do School Psychologists make a difference in schools?

All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. They may:

  • Feel afraid to go to school
  • Have difficulty organizing their time efficiently
  • Lack effective study skills
  • Fall behind in their school work
  • Lack self-discipline
  • Worry about family matters such as divorce and death
  • Feel depressed or anxious
  • Experiment with drugs and alcohol
  • Think about suicide
  • Worry about their sexuality
  • Face difficult situations, such as applying to college, getting a job, or quitting school
  • Question their aptitudes and abilities

 

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