School Psychologists

Supervising School Psychologist

Mike Blanchard, PsyD

Deborah Respress
Secretary to Supervising School Psychologist

What is a School Psychologist?

School Psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education. They use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment.

School psychologists understand school systems, effective teaching and successful learning. Today’s children face more challenges then ever before. School psychologists can provide solutions for tomorrow’s problems through thoughtful and positive actions today.

What training does a School Psychologist have?

The training requirements to become a school psychologist are a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours including a year-long internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning, behavior and motivation.

To work as a school psychologist, one must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which services are being provided. School psychologists may also be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board.

What do School Psychologists do?


•Gives healthy and effective alternatives to teachers, parents, and administrators about problems in learning and behavior.
•Helps others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.
•Strengthens working relationships between educators, parents and community services.
•Works in close cooperation with mental health clinics, physicians, courts and other agencies capable of assisting schools with the problems of individual children.


Uses a wide variety of techniques at an individual, group, and systems level to evaluate:
•Academic skills
•Learning aptitudes
•Personality and emotional development
•Social skills
•Adaptive skills
•Functional behavioral skills
•Learning environments and school climate
•Eligibility for Special Education


  • Works directly with children and families.
  • Helps solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment.
  • Provides psychological counseling for children and families.
  • Provides social skills training, behavior management, and other strategies.
  • Helps families and schools deal with crises, such as separation and loss.
  • Provide suicide assessments, violence assessments, and depression screenings.


  • Identifies potential learning difficulties.
  • Designs programs for children at risk for failure.
  • Provides parents and teachers with the skills to cope with disruptive behavior.
  • Helps foster tolerance, understanding and appreciation of diversity in the school community while helping to reduce incidents of bullying, harassment, and intimidation.
  • Helps develop school wide initiatives to make schools safer and more effective, as many school psychologists are Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports program coaches for their school buildings.


  • Offers in-service training to teachers and community members on topics of interest based on school and/or community need, such as Attention Deficit Disorders, crisis intervention procedures, and behavior management/parenting support.
  • Holds membership on a number of school based support teams such as Student Support Teams and Special Education Individual Education Program teams.


School Psychologist Email
Barnhart Elementary Scott Brain
Berry Elementary Leisa Williams
Billingsley Elementary Audre Codrington-Bailey
Brown Elementary 504 Resource Shomara Reyes 
Craik Elementary April Allen
Diggs Elementary Lauren Haith
Fresh Start Academy April Allen
Gale-Bailey Elementary Jason Anson
Higdon Elementary Scott Paterson
Indian Head Elementary Matthew Scott
Jenifer Elementary Evelyn Zalasar
Malcolm Elementary Jennifer Weaver
Martin Elementary Jennifer Weaver
Matula Elementary Aleksa Putnam
Matula Elementary EA Jennifer Grabosky
Middleton Elementary Cathy Bostwick
Mitchell Elementary Molly Stackhouse
Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary Jason Anson
Mudd Elementary Nikkia Williams
Neal Elementary Krista Sandoval
Neal EA Jennifer Grabosky
Parks Elementary Ashley Dunlap
Ryon Elementary Shideka Mullings
Turner Elementary Cathy Bostwick
Wade Elementary Sydney Williams
Davis Middle Nicolle Steed
Davis Middle EA Akira Ali
Hanson Middle Latoya Reid
Henson Middle Amber Mason
Mattawoman Middle Deidra Sorrell
Piccowaxen Middle Scott Paterson
Smallwood Middle Ebony Mason
Somers Middle Theodora Jackson
Somers Middle EA Arielle Elder
Stoddert Middle Aisha Smith
Lackey High Beverly Hoy
Lackey High EA Julia Hardemann-Tsadick
La Plata Megan Phanthasy
McDonough High Nicole Williams
McDonough High Julia Hardemann-Tsadick
North Point High Mary Ann Kennedy
North Point High EA Maryann Krayer
St. Charles High Zondra Johnson
St. Charles High EA Tiffany Ashe
Stone High Monica Moore
Stone High EA Aaron McDaniel
Westlake High Madima Kayumba
Gwynn STAY Erin Cusmano
Gwynn Behavior Specialist Dan Madden
Stethem Educational Center Tamika Parker

Useful Resources:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Emotional Adjustment Program
Children & Depression
Managing Children’s Anxiety
Self Injury
Good Social Skills