Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Tawann Jackson, NCSP
I am in my ninth year of professional practice as a school psychologist and proud to be of service to the students in the Secondary Transition Experience Program (STEP) in the Valley View school district. Here at STEP I provide individual, group, and classroom counseling to students with various disabilities and mental health needs. Although there has been a shift from using traditional standardized testing to determine service eligibility, to using the Response to Intervention model, I sometimes administer cognitive, academic, behavior and adaptive assessments to our students at their 3-year re-evaluation. This is necessary, as they need updated evaluations for services they will receive from the Department of Human Services once they exit STEP.
Educating our students is essential to our future and I believe in family/school/community collaboration to achieve this goal. I define this collaboration as a consistent, mutually respectful, and necessary relationship that encourages and supports student’s growth; emotionally, behaviorally, socially, and academically. I believe in diversity, and cultural awareness and sensitivity, and strive to exhibit all three in my professional practice.
I once read a quote that said, "Students don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." I believe this, and also know that every child is one caring adult away from being a success story.