Grace Santarelli, School Psychologist
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
- A.B.D. Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS — School Psychology), Commonwealth of Virginia
- M.A, Educational Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
- B.A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
As Gunston’s school psychologist, I am part of a multi-disciplinary team that develops intervention plans for students who may be experiencing learning and/or social/emotional needs. My job responsibilities include
- conducting culturally/linguistically appropriate psychoeducational assessments (including cognitive, processing area, academic and social/emotional/behavioral assessments)
- providing individual and small group counseling
- conducting classroom observations for behavior or learning problems
- consulting with parents, school personnel and community agencies
I am originally from California and was a school psychologist there for many years. My educational background is in general and special education with an emphasis on the learning styles of culturally/linguistically diverse students. I am bilingual (English/Spanish) and have a strong background in community service, particularly around issues of social justice and equality.
This is my seventh year as a school psychologist with Arlington Public Schools. You can find me here at Gunston three days per week. I also work with Oakridge Elementary School and APS’ County-Wide Child Find (Pre-School) Program.
In addition, I am an adjunct professor at Montgomery College in Maryland. I teach courses in Psychology, Education and Early Childhood Education.
What I desire most for all students is that they become meaningful participants in their families, their community and in the world. I strongly believe that families and educators TOGETHER make up the team that empowers ALL students to do just that.