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Rebecca Hawkins, MS, EdS, NCSP

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Village Meadows Elementary School

Office# 602-467-6320

Fax#: 602-467-6380

Welcome to my website! I am happy to be a part of the Village Meadows Elementary School community this school year. This is my 14th year in the Deer Valley Unified School District and I have been a school psychologist for the past 15 years. I am originally from Roanoke, Virginia and I obtained my Bachelor's, Master's, and Education Specialist (EdS) degrees at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. I have lived in Glendale since 2009 and I love it here! I have two children; my son is 26 and my daughter is 16. Some of my hobbies include hiking, backpacking, and traveling. I also enjoy antiquing and working on DIY home improvement projects. I am also an animal lover--we have 1 dog and 3 cats. I have included some helpful information below that explains more about what school psychologists do to support students, parents, teachers, and staff. Please reach out to me if you have any questions. 


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.

What Do School Psychologists Do? School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. They help schools successfully:

Improve Academic Achievement

  • Promote student motivation and engagement
  • Conduct psychological and academic assessments
  • Individualize instruction and interventions
  • Manage student and classroom behavior
  • Monitor student progress
  • Collect and interpret student and classroom data
  • Reduce inappropriate referrals to special education.

Promote Positive Behavior and Mental Health

  • Improve students communication and social skills
  • Assess student emotional and behavioral needs
  • Provide individual and group counseling
  • Promote problem solving, anger management and conflict resolution
  • Reinforce positive coping skills and resilience
  • Promote positive peer relationships and social problem solving
  • Make referrals to and help coordinate community services provided in schools

Support Diverse Learners

  • Assess diverse learning needs
  • Provide culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds
  • Plan appropriate Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities
  • Modify and adapt curricula and instruction
  • Adjust classroom facilities and routines to improve student engagement and learning
  • Monitor and effectively communicate with parents about student progress

Create Safe, Positive School Climates

  • Prevent bullying and other forms of violence
  • Support social-emotional learning
  • Assess school climate and improve school connectedness
  • Implement and promote positive discipline and restorative justice
  • Implement school-wide positive behavioral supports
  • Identify at risk students and school vulnerabilities
  • Provide crisis prevention and intervention services

Strengthen Family-School Partnerships

  • Help families understand their child's learning and mental health needs
  • Assist in navigating special education processes
  • Connect families with community service providers when necessary
  • Help effectively engage families with teachers and other school staff
  • Enhance staff understanding and responsiveness to diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Help students transition between school and community learning environments, such as residential treatment or juvenile justice programs

Improve School-Wide Assessment and Accountability Monitor individual student progress in academics and behavior

  • Generate and interpret useful student and school outcome data
  • Collect and analyze data on risk and protective factors related to student outcomes
  • Plan services at the district, building, classroom, and individual levels

Why Do Children Need School Psychologists? All children and youth can face problems from time to time related to learning; social relationships; making difficult decisions; or managing emotions such as feeling depressed, anxious, worried, or isolated. School psychologists help students, families, educators, and members of the community understand and resolve both long-term, chronic problems and short-term issues that students may face. They are a highly skilled and ready resource in the effort to ensure that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and in life.


Related Resources

School Psychologists: Qualified Health Professionals Providing Child & Adolescent Mental and Behavioral Health Services (PDF)
NASP advocates for coordinated, comprehensive, and culturally responsive school mental health services delivered within a multitiered system to address the mental and behavioral health needs of all students.

School Psychologists: Improving Student and School Outcomes (PDF)
This summary links research-based outcomes to school psychologists work with students, educators, and families to support students’ academic achievement, positive behavior, and mental wellness.