First, let me say welcome to MMS and the crazy roller coaster ride known as middle school!
I am the general education psychologist here at the middle school. I work with students, staff, and parents to create a safe and caring school community. My role includes being a part of the Student Services Team who's focus is on fostering our students' academic, social and emotional development and well being. This happens through such activities as staff and parent consultation; direct services, like counseling, provided to students and families; and crisis intervention. I also run a monthly parent conversation group that meets during the school day and focuses on topics appropriate to parents of middle school children ranging from organizational skills, social media and technology, getting your child to communicate more, etc.
In collaboration with my school counselor colleagues, our office runs various groups as needed. We also plan activities or events that are intended to inspire the entire school in creating a caring community for all.
I am an advisor for 3 programs in school: Peer-to-Peer, an 8th-grade leadership program; HAWKS (Helping All With Kindness and Support), a leadership program open to all students in all 3 grades; and the newest club R.A.D. - Responsible Actions and Decisions (formerly known as HOT). RAD will focus on raising awareness about the various decisions middle school youth face and encourage students to make healthy decisions. There are links to all 3 programs on the left side of this page.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Part of my role is to be a resource for parents! My contact information is as follows:
I look forward to getting to know you and your students during their 3 years at our school!
Every child deserves a
--an adult who will
never give up
who understands the power of
and insists that they
the best that they can possibly
--Rita F. Pierson