"I would be lying if I said I always knew I wanted to be a School Psychologist. In fact, I was not even aware of the field until after college. When it was time to consider my future, my interests were so varied that I was reluctant to commit to a specific career path. After receiving a B.S. in Communication (the broadest field I could find), I went on to work as an admission counselor at a university."
In that position, I saw great diversity in the quality of educational experiences that applicants brought to the table – some schools had prepared their students well, whereas others did not recognize the need to support students with gifts. I also saw great variation in the support for students with special needs and felt that any assistance I could offer had come too late. I decided to pursue an education specialist degree in school psychology from Baylor University because I wanted to be a voice for these students. I also wanted a position where I could wear many hats and develop skills that are valued anywhere. My training has taken me from Texas to Vermont, and ProCare has given me the opportunity to begin my career in a school district just outside Seattle. As a recent graduate, I’m finding that making meaningful contributions to the public schools brings new challenges every day. But with some wonderful co-workers and the supportive staff at ProCare, I feel empowered to do what I set out to from the start: to follow my path by helping others do the same.