Mrs. Carol Hoff
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This is my tenth year working at Mountain View as a school psychologist. I'm proud to be a part of the Toro family and the great tradition of Mountain View. I have worked in several different states before coming to Mesa including TX, IL, CO, and FL. I grew up in the midwest and went to undergraduate school at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. I did my graduate work at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, WI. I live in Phoenix with my husband and two daughters, ages 18 and 24. We love living in AZ and enjoying all the natural beauty that it offers. One of my favorite past times is hiking the different trails in the metro area.
What is a school psychologist?
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a Specialist-level degree program (60 graduate semester credits) that includes a 1200-hour internship and emphasizes preparation in the following: data-based decision making, consultation and collaboration, effective instruction, child development, student diversity and development, school organization, prevention, intervention, mental health, learning styles, behavior, research, and program evaluation.
School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work.
The definition of "school psychologist" quoted above is an exerpt that was was copied from the National Association of School Psychologists web site. Please go to www.nasponline.org for the complete article.
The National Association of School Psychologists has many family resources on their website to assist you with understanding social, emotional or learning difficulties your adolescent may be experiencing. http://www.nasponline.org/families/index.aspx
The Arizona Association of School Psychologists also provides family resources. http://aasp-az.org/resources.html#Family
Please do not hesitate to contact me for additional resources, or to schedule a consultation appointment to address your student's specific needs.