School Psychologist

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    Chelsea Cangeleri, MS
    NYS Certified School Psychologist
    Ballston Spa Middle School
    email:  ccangeleri@bscsd.org
    Phone: 518-884-7200, Ext. 4340.  Fax: 518-884-7234 

    Who Are School Psychologists?

    School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.

    What Do School Psychologists Do?

    School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. They help schools successfully:

    • Improve Academic Achievement
    • Promote student motivation and engagement
    • Conduct psychological and academic assessments
    • Individualize instruction and interventions
    • Manage student and classroom behavior
    • Monitor student progress
    • Collect and interpret student and classroom data
    • Promote Positive Behavior and Mental Health
    • Improve student’s communication and social skills
    • Assess student emotional and behavioral needs
    • Promote problem solving, anger management and conflict resolution
    • Make referrals to and help coordinate community services provided in schools

    Support Diverse Learners

    • Assess diverse learning needs
    • Plan appropriate Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities
    • Modify and adapt curricula and instruction
    • Monitor and effectively communicate with parents about student progress

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