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 
881-0310 

David Hart
881-0310

Wendy O’Brien
881-0310

Shen High School - West
Deborah Ouckama 
881-0330

Acadia Middle School
Gwen Williams
881-0453

Gowana Middle School
Debra Wisner
881-0463

Koda Middle School
Amanda Root
881-0470

Arongen Elementary
Sarah Tucci
881-0510

Chango Elementary
Elizabeth Harris
881-0520

Karigon Elementary
Brigid Jeffers
881-0530

Okte Elementary
Liz Fiorillo
881-0540

Orenda Elementary
Kristen Faile
881-0550

Shatekon Elementary
Patricia Smith
881-0580

Skano Elementary
Michele Boretti 
881-0560

Tesago Elementary
Debi Reynolds
881-0570