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Graduate Student Feature: Jessie Whiteman

School Psychology

My name is Jessie Whitman and I am a 3rd year school psychology student at WCU. I am currently completing my National Associate of School Psychologists (NASP) required internship in Greensboro, NC with Guilford County Schools (GCS).

I was born and raised in the mountains of western North Carolina and started attending WCU in fall 2013. I majored in psychology and minored in biology and graduated in 2017. Western was my “home away from home” and being able to stay in Cullowhee to get my specialist in school psychology degree was icing on the cake! I learned so much in the six years I spent in Cullowhee and my graduate program has encouraged me and helped form me into a strong professional and a leader. The experience I gained in my graduate program from working with various community partners and schools, working in our on-campus clinic under Dr. Roth, and learning from the talented faculty that we have in our program has prepared me beyond measure for my career ahead. With the help from my program faculty and from Dr. Ellen Sigler, I presented at the NASP convention this February in Baltimore, MD. I was able to present at WCU’s Graduate Student Symposium last year.

Currently working in Guilford County Schools on internship has been equally as rewarding and beneficial to me. GCS is the 3rd largest county in North Carolina and the Psychological Services Department here is dedicated and passionate about enhancing the learning, social-emotional development, and adjustment of children. I am extremely excited to say that I will be staying in GCS as a full-time school psychologist in the next school year. This department works hard to make sure that our job duties as school psychologists are a wide array of job activities including not only assessment but consultation, counseling/therapy, and crisis intervention. I feel confident in taking on all of these job responsibilities in this large and diverse county while enhancing the skills I learned in my program at WCU and from my faculty there

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