K-12 School Psychologists

Shenendehowa psychologists help children succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.

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. 
Role and Responsibilities

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

Shenendehowa Psychologists

Shen High School – East
Christopher Douglas 

David Hart

Wendy O’Brien

Shen High School - West
Deborah Ouckama 

Acadia Middle School
Gwen Williams

Gowana Middle School
Debra Wisner

Koda Middle School
Amanda Root

Arongen Elementary
Sarah Tucci

Chango Elementary
Elizabeth Harris

Karigon Elementary
Brigid Jeffers

Okte Elementary
Liz Fiorillo

Orenda Elementary
Kristen Faile

Shatekon Elementary
Patricia Smith

Skano Elementary
Michele Boretti 

Tesago Elementary
Debi Reynolds