Welcome to the Locust Grove School Psych Corner!
My name is Sydney Tucker and I am new to the Red Lion Area School District. I am very excited to be a part of the school and community!
My goal for this page is to introduce myself, to provide information about school psychology, and to provide resources.
Who am I?
Sydney Tucker, MA, NCSP, LBS ~ I completed my respecialization in school psychology at Millersville University. I hold a behavior specialist license and received a Master of Arts in psychology, with a focus on behavior, from Hunter College, CUNY. Previously, I worked as a school psychologist at a school district in Adams County and at a social skills center in Hanover, PA. My experiences working with the children and adolescents at the social skills center motivated me to pursue a career in school psychology. I am married with two fur babies, both cats.
Who Are School Psychologists?
School psychologists are members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They have expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community (National Association of School Psychologists).
We Can Help Students By:
- Conducting comprehensive evaluations to assess strengths and needs, and to determine if additional supports, such as special education or gifted services, are appropriate.
- Providing strategies to facilitate academic and behavioral success, such as good study habits, organizational tips, time management techniques, and other self-management strategies.
- Improving students' communication and social skills.
- Promoting problem solving, emotional regulation, and conflict resolution.
- Reinforcing positive coping skills and resilience.
- Promoting positive peer relationships and social problem solving.
- Facilitating counseling both in a group setting and individually as needed and appropriate.
- Advocating for student needs when consulting with parents, teachers, and other school staff or community agencies.
We Can Help Teachers By:
- Providing consultative services to aid with academic and behavioral student concerns, including for students who are struggling or who may require enrichment services.
- Providing resources and recommendations for specific student concerns.
- Assisting in the development and implementation of individualized academic and behavioral intervention plans.
- Assisting in the development and implementation of classroom management strategies.
We Can Help Parents By:
- Providing recommendations for how to assist their child(ren) in the home setting in meeting with academic and behavioral success.
- Providing information and resources for specific student concerns, including community supports which may be available or appropriate.
- Facilitating understanding of the special education or gifted identification processes, including the rights of parents and their child(ren).
- Facilitating school-home communication and collaboration to better support students.