I just started a new a job as a school psychologist in Iowa City; last week was orientation for all of the new employees. I was impressed with how organized and welcoming the orientation was and am very proud to be a part of the organization. This week I am moving into my office, getting to know my schools, and meeting all of the people that I will be working with. I will be serving two elementary schools that are about 5 minutes away from my house (#AwesomeCommute). Both schools have high populations of students with low SES status and ELL students. I am SO excited to work in a school with such diversity and look forward to the challenge of serving students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Today I looked at all of the names of the kids in special education in my schools and could not stop smiling because I cannot wait to meet them all and put faces to their names.
I have always looked at school psychology as an art and know that because of that I tend to approach my practice from a different perspective than most other psychs. While I base everything I do on research-based practices and am always up to date on the latest information and resources, I find value in being creative. In the past I have been tempted to change my ways to be more 'conventional' but find that it always has served me best to "do me". So, as I dive into work this week, I am going to constantly remind myself to keep it real.