What have you been doing since graduation?
Since graduation I have completed a year of graduate school! I am working toward an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology. As a school psychologist, I will be administering academic, cognitive and social-emotional assessments, designing school and family-based interventions, counseling, consulting with teachers, writing IEPs, and ultimately providing kids with the services they need to succeed in a school setting. I love my program because I'm required to take a variety of courses in psychology, assessment, early childhood (yay!), field work, multiculturalism and more. During my second year, I will be administering assessments and providing counseling services. My third and final year will consist of one full-time internship in a school setting. I love the fact that my background was in ECFS; I think I provide a different viewpoint for a lot of my classmates whose backgrounds are in psychology. While working toward this degree at UW, IÕve also been working in research within the College of Education, and grading for undergrad ECFS classes. You will probably always see me running around Miller Hall. I'm a busy lady.
Where did you complete your senior year service learning?
During my junior year service learning, I realized I definitely wasnÕt made to be a teacher. During my senior year I took the opportunity to assist with WaKIDS kindergarten readiness research. I traveled to different districts in western Washington and administered academic and social-emotional assessments in order to learn more about where students are at when they enter the school system, and how we can better bridge the gap between preschool and kindergarten to ensure early success! It was a change for me, but overall it led me to pursue further experience in academic assessment and research. I loved it!
Do you have any tips or advice to offer students - things you wish you had known or really benefited from?
Going into ECFS I really didnÕt understand the different specialties and career options I would come across. I thought I was going to be a teacher! My advice to you is to be open. Take advantage of your time at UW by not just going through the motions, but trying new things, meeting new people and moving forward with new projects. These connections and experiences with UW will be awesome resources for future work, whatever that may be!