Ms. Dorothy Szaiff, Ed.S.  480-472-8967


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 work to find the best solution for each student and situation; they use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems. 

School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents about effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, addressing abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises. 

In addition, school psychologists provide the following services: 


  • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.


  • Evaluate eligibility for special services.
  • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
  • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.


  • Work as part of a school team to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance.
  • Work with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning.
  • Provide information to parents and staff on social skills, anger management, and other life skills.


  • Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.

NASP Coping with Crisis—Helping Children With Special Needs