Past Early Career Spotlights

The NASP Early Career Committee spotlights one early career member’s professional work and personal experiences during their first few years of practice. Below is a list of past Early Career Spotlight individuals. View the Early Career Spotlight section for this year’s spotlight individuals.

EC Spotlight - Haley GardHaley Gard, EdS, NCSP
Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, Granger/Mishawaka, IN
Volume 51, Issue 7 (May 2023)

Haley shares how she grows her skills around evaluations, report writing, and data-based decision making.

EC Spotlight - Amy K. Izuno-GarciaAmy K. Izuno-Garcia, PhD, NCSP
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Volume 51, Issue 6 (March/April 2023)

Amy discusses her autism training experiences and her expertise in autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan.

EC Spotlight - Candace McFannCandace McFann, EdS, NCSP
Covington Independent Public Schools, Covington, KY
Volume 51, Issue 5 (January/February 2023)

Candace is working on a research project on mentoring programs as an intervention for students with ASD.

EC Spotlight - Abigail DixonAbigail Dixon, EdS
Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation, Ellettsville, Indiana
Volume 51, Issue 3 (November 2022)

Abigail serves as part of a grant-based team engaged in MTSS implementation in her district.

EC Spotlight - Kathryn Doherty KurtzKathryn Doherty Kurtz, PhD, NCSP
University of Massachusetts Boston and Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
Volume 51, Issue 2 (October 2022)

Kathryn works as a postdoctoral fellow developing a statewide, school-based behavioral health technical assistance center.

EC Spotlight - Sandy FloresSandy Flores, PhD, LCP, NCSP
Maine Township District 207, Park Ridge, IL
Volume 51, Issue 1 (September 2022)

Sandy shares how culturally responsive practices intertwine with systems-level change and data-based decision-making.

EC Spotlight - Billings Montana TeamHailey Gray, SSP, NCSP, Morgan Benge, SSP, NCSP, and Brittany Lewno-Dumdie, PhD, NCSP
Billings Public Schools, Billings, MT
Volume 50, Issue 8 (June 2022)

Morgan, Hailey, and Brittany each discuss their areas of expertise and how they work collaboratively as a team.

EC Spotlight - Natalie LaDukeNatalie LaDuke, PhD, LCP, NCSP
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
Volume 50, Issue 7 (May 2022)

Natalie writes about her areas of professional interest, how she has kept those alive in her faculty role, and what she hopes to do in the future.

EC Spotlight - Sujay SabnisSujay Sabnis, PhD, NCSP
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Volume 50, Issue 6 (March/April 2022)

Sujay developed an interdisciplinary concentration in Race and Policy in K–12 Education during his graduate training to meet his professional interests, and explains why this work is  important to address different aspects of K–12 schooling.

EC Spotlight - Colin StreicherColin Streicher, EdS, NCSP
Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, MO
Volume 50, Issue 5 (January/February 2022)

Colin writes about his district’s work to improve response to intervention for academics and why he feels that is so important given the pandemic.

EC Spotlight - Kelsie ReedKelsie Reed, PhD, NCSP
Prince George’s County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, MD
Volume 50, Issue 4 (December 2021)

Kelsie discusses how she approaches conversations about difficult topics, such as systemic racism, and how she has found opportunities to learn and grow.

EC Spotlight - Elizabeth StoreyElizabeth Storey, PhD, LSSP, LP, NCSP
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Houston, TX
Volume 50, Issue 3 (November 2021)

Elizabeth discusses her work training interns through the Family Interaction Training Clinic and how she became involved with her psychological services department’s diversity committee.

EC Spotlight - Francesca AldrichFrancesca Aldrich, EdS, NCSP
Cherry Hills Public Schools, Cherry Hill, NJ
Volume 50, Issue 2 (October 2021)

Francesca shares how she started a book club for Black History Month to expose her students to diverse stories and different facets of the Black experience and how her colleagues and students have responded to that opportunity.

EC Spotlight - Emery MahoneyEmery Mahoney, PhD, NCSP
Sahuarita, AZ
Volume 50, Issue 2 (October 2021)

Emery discusses how reaffirming her first year was even if it was not what she expected, and what her internship and practicum taught her about collaboration with other school personnel for increased student access to services.

EC Spotlight - Emily NeubauerEmily Neubauer, MA, NCSP
Capital School District, Dover, DE
Volume 50, Issue 1 (September 2021)

Emily writes about a program she created to help her colleagues engage in conversations about systemic racism and about developing skills to better serve English language learners.

EC Spotlight - Jameshia ColemanJameshia Coleman, MA, EdS
Charleston County School District, Charleston, SC
Volume 49, Issue 8 (June 2021)

Jameshia writes about working with early learners and dual language learners, developing new skills in early childhood, promoting equity, and more.

Pamela Boyle, EdS, NCSP
Appoquinimink School District, Middletown, DE
Volume 49, Issue 8 (June 2021)

Pamela shares how her training helped her support young students with autism and transitioning to virtual services with preschool-age students.

Julia Martin, EdS, NCSP
Spokane Public Schools, Spokane, WA
Volume 49, Issue 7 (May 2021)

Julia writes about joining her state association’s social justice task force and the importance of establishing relationships with staff and students.

Jamie Ryland, EdS
Richmond Public Schools, Richmond, VA
Volume 49, Issue 7 (May 2021)

Jamie writes about switching careers to become a school psychologist and how the skills from her previous career translated into the work she does now.

Ranga Atapattu, MA, AGS
Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD
Volume 49, Issue 6 (March/April 2021)

Ranga shares why she wanted to work in Baltimore and how she handled a challenge with a parent who was suspicious of the school system.

Katie Sebo, MEd, EdS
Syracuse City School District, Syracuse, NY
Volume 49, Issue 5 (January/February 2021)

Katie talks about why it’s so important to her to live in the same community as her students and how she combats bureaucratic challenges working in a larger district.

Tony Roberson, PhD, LSSP
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Houston, TX
Volume 49, Issue 4 (December 2020)

Tony talks about how his district’s focus on training and development has helped him grow in his career and develop expertise.

Julie Grossman, PhD, NCSP
Prince George’s County Public Schools, Adelphi, MD
Volume 49, Issue 3 (November 2020)

Julie shares how she learned just how important it is to learn more about school climate and culture before proposing changes to protocols.

Elizabeth Williams, PsyD, NCSP
Darien Public Schools, Darien, CT
Volume 49, Issue 2 (October 2020)

Elizabeth shares how she’s overcome nerves in meetings with parents by forming personal connections at the beginning of the evaluation process.

Brittany Johnstone, EdS, NCSP
Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD
Volume 49, Issue 2 (October 2020)

Brittany writes about her struggles in choosing the appropriate methods of intervention and assessment for the students whom she serves.

Laura Bitzer, MA, EdS, NCSP
Red Clay Consolidated School District, Wilmington, DE
Volume 49, Issue 1 (September 2020)

Laura shares how she uses social media to connect school psychologists, counselors, and families to much-needed resources.

Lyndsie Erdy, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D
Devereux Center for Effective Schools, King of Prussia, PA
Volume 48, Issue 5 (January/February 2020)

Lyndsie supports staff from alternative education settings who are aiding students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Most of her work is with prevention and systems-level change.

Tiara Bland, PsyS, NCSP
Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD
Volume 48, Issue 2 (October 2019)

Tiara considers her area of specialty to be suicide prevention and has worked with teachers to better identify early warning signs and use a program called Kognito to identify psychological distress in youth.

Brittany Greiert, PhD, LP, NCSP
Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, CO
Volume 48, Issue 1 (September 2019)

Brittany discusses her diverse role at a linguistically and culturally diverse Title 1 school of 400 students ("I am so lucky to have this ratio!").

Jennifer Cárdenas, EdS, NCSP
Sunnyside Unified School District, Tucson, AZ

Jennifer primarily provides consultation, behavioral intervention, and assessment services to her district’s preschool population. In her spotlight, she addresses her struggle with burnout and what she suggests others do to improve their situation.

Erin Yosai, PhD, NCSP
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Communiqué Volume 47, Issue 4 (December 2018)

Erin’s strengths are in promoting a growth mindset and preventive intervention, mindfulness-based interventions, and mental health services.

Kimberly Trimble, EdS, NCSP
Gwinnett County Public Schools, Lawrenceville, GA

Kimberly works with two pre-K assessment teams that complete multidisciplinary psychoeducational evaluations and does reevaluations for special education students before starting kindergarten.

Jon Goodwin, PhD, NCSP
Belin-Blank Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Jon provides psychoeducational assessment and counseling services to school-age children and adolescents. He also teaches an intellectual assessment course for doctoral school psychology and counseling psychology students.

Leah C. Marks, PhD, NCSP
Kennedy Krieger Institute Behavior Management Clinic, Baltimore, MD
Communiqué Volume 47, Issue 2 (October 2018)

Leah does parent management training with a behavioral focus and works with children to provide CBT-based therapies.

Kelsey Sumner, MEd
The Arch Community School, St. Louis, MO
Communiqué Volume 47, Issue 3 (November 2018)

Kelsey shares how she has learned to use her strong relationship and communication skills to create meaningful relationships with parents and students.

Sarah Flora, EdS
Sunnyside Unified School District, Tucson, AZ
Communiqué Volume 47, Issue 1 (September 2018)

Sarah runs an afterschool program called “Crafting with Kindness,” where she integrates lessons on gratitude, mindfulness, and random acts of kindness with arts and crafts.

Alyson Mitchel, EdS, NCSP
Howard County Public School System, Maryland
Communiqué Volume 46, Issue 8 (June 2018)

Alyson specializes in cultural proficiency and crisis response. She is the Cultural Proficiency Liaison for her school and cochairs the Psychological Services Culture Club committee.

Libby Malone, EdS, NCSP
Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
Communiqué Volume 46, Issue 1 (September 2017)

Libby writes about how she struggled with anxiety about her caseload early in her career and advises other early career school psychologists to lean into their support networks.

Rodrigo Enciso, MA, LEP
San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, CA

Rodrigo enjoys assessments and considers it an expertise of his, particularly assessing for learning disabilities in culturally and linguistic diverse students.

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