Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Connie Freeman
Time sure flies! I have been a practicing school psychologist since 1992. "What is a school psychologist?” you may be asking yourself. The National Association of School Psychologist states:
School Psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply 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.
Being a school psychologist is a profession that is never boring! I enjoy meeting children, finding out how they learn best, and working with their teachers and parents to find ways to meet their academic, emotional and behavioral needs. Our brains are all different and a goal for me is to share the idea of neuro-diversity, as opposed to a learning disabilities model. Areas of professional interest include dyslexia, brain research and increasing student engagement.
In Bennett Valley, I consult with teachers and parents on issues that affect students' ability to thrive in the educational setting. I serve on the Student Study Team, I am the §504 coordinator, and conduct evaluations to determine eligibility for academic, behavioral and emotional services. I served on the Steering Committee of the Sonoma County Association of School Psychologists for 15 years. This entity provides continuing education and social networking opportunities for school psychologists county-wide.
I grew up in a military family and lived in Hawaii, Alaska and California as a child. I graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor's degree in Social Science and then from Humboldt State University with a Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in School Psychology. I have lived in Sonoma County since 1992. I live here with my wife, Erin, son, Logan and rescue dog, Theo. My wife and I are both educators so our son never gets a break from school talk. We work hard and play harder. In the summer and during school holidays, we love to go on multi-day rafting trips, visit national parks, ski, camp and travel. I’m also a bookworm who enjoys reading every night.