Leslie Herwig is currently a student in the School Psychology Master’s & CAS Program at The College of Saint Rose. She finished her undergraduate study at Saint Michael’s College in 2008 and began her program at Saint Rose in Fall 2010. After graduating from Saint Michael’s with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Herwig took time off and worked with students at a counseling and support agency in Northern Vermont. The student population was comprised of individuals whom required additional academic, behavioral, and emotional supports in order to be successful within the school setting. Herwig is currently completing her Certificate of Advanced Study by fulfilling her internship credits. She is a full-time intern within Cohoes School District. She is also a volunteer assistant coach for the Saint Rose volleyball team.
Leslie Herwig: The neat part about school psychology is that every day is different. It’s kind of nice. In the elementary school, it may depend on how the students arrive at school, for instance what happened the night before or what may have happened that morning. I consult with teachers frequently around students’ well-being, academic progress, and possible behavioral management strategies which may assist teachers in the classroom. It is my intention to check-in with as many teachers as possible each morning. Another one of my roles within schools is evaluations; these could include cognitive and academic as well as behavioral/socio-emotional assessments. My internship site (elementary school) really focuses on student achievement, ensuring that students develop a strong foundation in reading, writing, and math skills. Analyzing the data from various assessments which are used in school psychology can assist teachers by impacting instruction and, inevitably, impacting students’ learning and achievement.
The elementary setting and high school setting are pretty different. In high school, scheduling is a large barrier. Sometimes situations arise and it’s hard trying to get kids at the right time and during the right periods. For instance, are they in lunch, gym class, or study hall? Given the time limits for each class, it’s a little bit more structured, but a lot of the same thing. I frequently consult with teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, and administrators.
Like I said before, each day looks different as it is dependent on many variables. As a school psychologist, you can find your niche and mold your role around your interests and strengths. The role of a school psychologist has the potential to be diverse as assessment, evaluation, counseling, consultation, intervention and prevention are just a few of the possibilities. Right now, I’m a member of an attendance committee so we’re trying to identify students who are at-risk academically because of their inconsistent school attendance