Becoming A School Psychologist Is An African American Woman Who Has Had Much Academic Success

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As an African American woman who has had much academic success in K-12 public schools, the disinterest and adverse belief my K-12 peers had toward education had always been of interest to me. In particular, why doesn’t he like school? Why doesn’t she like our teacher? Why does she think school is boring, hard or a waste of time? My questions then turned into wanting to understand the reasons why some students are separated out of particular classes while I saw the same peers in my high achieving courses. Therefore, my goal became to develop a better understanding and aid organizations and institutions that assist students, and students of color in particular, be able to academically thrive in the face of adversity. It has also been more important for me to focus on the variety of theories and literature that highlight the strengths, rather than deficiencies, within these communities. Becoming a school psychologist is a goal that I now wish to embark upon because I wish to assist students, their families, and teachers with understanding the various tools they can use in an effort to enhance and impact a student’s academic and career goals; and I believe Alliant International University’s Pupil Personnel Service (PPS) credential program can best assist me with my goals.

I have had a long academic and career history in understanding educational environments. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in African American studies, a Master of Arts in Teaching and doctorate…

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