I've worked as a credentialed school psychologist in Washington State and California since 2007. I spent 8 years as a program specialist/school psychologist in a hybrid role for elementary and high school districts. In addition, I served another 4 years as a director of student services and special education in an elementary district and high school district. I enjoyed the role of a district administrator as I am passionate about building and creating a Multi-Tiered System of Support that benefits students within the educational system; however, with a young child with DeafBlind and significant medical needs, was important to create a more balanced schedule. I continue to work primarily as a school psychologist in public education and enjoy working with and serving my school community. The field of school psychology and educational psychology are currently facing a shortage when there is a great need in our communities. I enjoy working with graduate students to help them complete their fieldwork and internship hours to gain practical field experience so that they are ready for their careers when they graduate.
An area I am passionate about is supporting families with low-incidence disabilities who have varying unique needs. A new project I've created is developing a secure, easy-to-access, shareable, online passport and portfolio about my daughter to share with her educational team. As a child with a large team, there are always new people joining her team and it has become a simple and easy way to share current and relevant information with her entire team at one time and keep it updated for her team to view at any time needed. Contact me at Embraced IDEA for additional information on this project!
"Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do one thing well, you're needed by someone."
License & Credentials
CA Licensed Educational Psychologist #4069
Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from the American Board of School Neuropsychology #11052
CA Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Psychology
CA Administrative Services Credential
ABA Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis, National University, San Jose
Speaker Topics: psychoeducational assessments, low incidence populations, universal design for learning, mental health, and family support for complex medical and educational needs
Evaluations: screenings, psychoeducational, school neuropsychological, and Independent Educational Evaluations
Supervision: School Psychologists and BBS
Consultation: adult students, school districts, parents, and private educational technology supports
Coaching: school psychologists, professionals interested in special education leadership, and early career special education professionals
Age: adults, adolescents, preteens, children, preschool, and toddler
Communities: DeafBlind, Visually Impaired, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Orthopedic Impaired, Multiple Disabilities, Specific Learning Disability, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Gifted, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQIA+ Allied
Current Availability & Locations Served
Contact me for scheduling. My current availability is on weekends, weekday evenings, and summer.
Office locations: Virtual and Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.
July 20, 2023 | 15th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference | Great IEPs Begin With a Strong Psycho-Educational Assessment
July 22, 2023 | 15th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference | Understanding Psycho-Educational Assessment Scores: What Do Those Numbers Really Mean?
October 4, 2023 | Integrative Rehabilitation Psychotherapy for Brain Injury (IRPBI) - Cog ECHO | Assessment Considerations of People Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
September 23-24, 2022 | California State University, Fresno | Scarlett's Park Conference
Parent Panel on CHARGE Syndrome
April 29, 2022 | Texas School for the Deaf | 2022 Mental Health Symposium
February 24, 2022 | American Printing House | Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT-5) for the Wide Range of Students with Vision Loss
California Association of School Psychologists, Nadine Lambert Outstanding School Psychologist Awardee 2020
Santa Clara County Association of School Psychologists, Executive Board: Past Co-President, Webmaster, Membership
California Association of School Psychologists
National Association of School Psychologists
National Family Association for DeafBlind
California DeafBlind Network of Family Support Provider
Parents Helping Parents, a Family Resource Center, Parent Liaison for families with DeafBlind children
California Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Accessibility consultant for a K-12 educational technology company
Consultation and creation of secured, private online student websites for families to share with their child's educational teams
Founder and CEO of Embraced IDEA which offers life coaching to parents of children with special needs in the areas of organization and communication
Personal Interests and Hobbies
Spending time with family and friends
Reading and researching topics of interest
Playing my fiddle and guitar and singing
Performing with my band, Flypaper Blues