Student in Amherst, Massachusetts
Goal-driven, organized, and motivated recent graduate with a bachelor’s of science in psychology, and direct work experience in an elementary school, who is seeking a career working as an elementary school psychologist.
Ultimately, my goal is to work in a high-need urban school. These schools are where students’ needs are most often not being met. I feel strongly that the gap between the education a middle class student in the suburbs receives, and the education a lower class student in an urban school receives is unjust, and I want to do what I can to help close this gap. These students need someone who can act as an advocate on their behalf, and I want to be that person.
I believe that success should come from hard work, and that every person should be given an equal chance at it. Above all, I believe in the unlimited potential of every person, regardless of their current situation.
For two years I worked as a teacher’s assistant at Spring Street Preschool. As a teacher’s assistant my job mainly involved working one-on-one or in small groups with students. I typically spent most of my time working with students who had challenging behaviors and needed some extra support in the classroom. This support came in the form of gentle reminders about what behaviors are appropriate for school, facilitation of conversations between students, or pulling a child aside when they need time away from a stressful situation.