School psychologists adapt to offer support

School psychologists partner with families, teachers, administrators and other professionals to help children thrive - even during remote learning and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not that it hasn’t been a challenge.

“It’s really hard because like all educators, what you do is work with kids,” said Carrie Foster, a special education supervisor with Lincoln Public Schools. “So how do you come up with something different when you’re not with kids?” 

Like others, they’ve utilized Zoom to still meet with colleagues, students and families, as well as with administrators and teachers as they plan for next school year. 

“It’s been a hard balance because we want to help support families but also for some families right now, school might not be their priority,” Foster said. “So to balance, for all educators, has been tricky.”

And like other educators across LPS, not seeing their students in person has been hard.

“I know I miss the simple act of saying hello to everyone walking down the hallway, giving hugs and high-fives and modeling school-wide expectations,” said Molly Kuhl, a school psychologist at Arnold Elementary School. “I miss lunch duty and having 25 different kindergarten kiddos ask me to read the same joke off their milk carton. I miss it so much.”

Watch the video below to learn more about the role of school psychologists and how they adapted at the end of this school year. 

Published: May 20, 2020, Updated: May 22, 2020

School psychologist Molly Kuhl, shown here pre-COVID 19 at Arnold Elementary