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About Me

My years of experience working both within public school systems and in the private practice setting has well prepared me in identifying important information needed by your child’s school team and/or pediatrician to determine the underlying reason for learning, emotional or behavioral challenges.  I have worked with students in the PreK - college-age range over the last 10 years of my career, in a variety of diverse settings.  I will work collaboratively with you to help achieve the best outcome for your child’s unique needs to guide intervention planning and decision-making following an assessment.

I am passionate about empowering students to understand their own learning profile in order to ultimately advocate for themselves.

 

In part, I am drawn from my experience of teaching a "success" course to college students who learned the skills to develop a growth mindset and the tools necessary to become a lifelong learner.  Similarly, the results and recommendations of a psycho-educational assessment are meant to provide a positive impact long after the assessment process.

As part of my practice, I also conduct IQ assessments for school admission programs.  As a child, I excelled in an academic area that afforded me enriched learning experiences. I understand that meeting a client's needs could also be understanding if a child is "gifted" and how to best support these strengths. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my two baby boys and husband, who make my work more meaningful. I also enjoy running and spending time outdoors. 

My Professional & Educational Experience

2016 & 2019  - Current 

Served as a School Psychologist in various bay area school districts. I have been in my current school district over the past 4 years. Became a Licensed Educational Psychologist& began working in private practice

2016

Certified by the American Board of School Neuropsychology (ABSNP) as a School Neuropsychologist

2014 - 2015

Taught community college class called “Success    101,” which focused on the importance of a growth mindset and how to become a lifelong learner.

2013 - 2016

Worked in East Newark Public Schools in New Jersey. During my time here, I developed the "Ambassador Program,” which was an after school reading mentorship program.  The outcome of this program led tutors to gain an increased sense of purpose, while the tutee’s benefited from mentorship and improved reading levels.

2016

Fordham University 

Double Masters in School Psychology 

Nationally Certified School Psychologist

2014 - 2017

Volunteered with Make A Wish Foundation

2012

Volunteered with New York Center for Children with children who were victims of child abuse

2008 - 2013

Worked in the pharmaceutical industry in project management of clinical trials, but realized this career path was not my passion. 

2008

Graduated from Loyola College with a Bachelors in Business Administration