Alumni Spotlight

Read about alumni of the School Psychology Ed.S. degree program.

Our Graduates Live Our Vision

More than 200 graduates since 1985 have served as school psychologists in the public schools. Currently:

  • 85% are school psychologists
  • 10% hold administrative positions (e.g., special education program specialists, principals, state department of education consultants)
  • 5% are full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members in school psychology, special education, or educational leadership

Our practitioner graduates have a variety of leadership roles:

  • 15% are designated lead psychologists in their districts
  • 10% have taught in our program
  • 14% have received or are pursuing a doctorate
  • 5% have held elected positions in the California Association of School Psychologists (including 2 presidents)
  • Many have been officers in their county affiliates

Spotlights

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Sagi Mesa-Jones

School Psychology Alumni 2005

Since graduation I have worked in the San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD). Originally, I was the district wide preschool psychologist getting to complete comprehensive assessments of 3- to 5 year-old students and supporting the preschool programs. I then transitioned into an elementary School Psychologist supporting a primary ELL population as well as the SEAS (Social Emotional Academic Support) program. I am currently a POSA (Psychologist on Special Assignment) supporting the preschool programs in the SMUSD. 

 

No matter what my role has been as a School Psychologist, SDSU has prepared me to confidently excel due to the rigorous training and focus not only on the career of school psychology but in being self-reflective and culturally aware. In my hope to give back to SDSU and the profession of School Psychology, I have had the privilege to supervise several SDSU School Psychology students and am currently teaching an assessment course. I love my profession and am thankful for the training I received at SDSU!

 

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Oscar Grajeda, M.A., Ed.S., NCSP

 School Psychology Alumni 2011

 My time in the SDSU School Psychology program laid the foundation for my comprehensive service delivery which included supporting teachers and administrators but ultimately advocating for the welfare of children and their families. 

 

I am currently a Bilingual School Psychologist in the San Diego Unified School District I provide services at both the elementary and the middle school level. My duties and what I am passionate about is providing consultation and collaboration services to parents and school staff, individual and group counseling, conducting psychoeducational evaluations to inform interventions and services, building capacity, and participating in leadership roles.  

 

My experiences also have allowed me to give back to the program. I have taught "Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students" course to 2nd-year students in the SP program and Special Educations teachers in the Special Education Department. I also supervise 3rd-year and intern students in the program.

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Lisa Delgado-Smith, M.S., NCSP, LEP

School Psychology Alumni 1991

Lisa currently holds the position of school psychologist at Kate Sessions Elementary in San Diego Unified School District in San Diego, CA. As a school psychologist, Lisa performs duties related to educational psychology including educational consultation; assessment of children and adults in the areas of cognitions, behavior, psycho-social, processing, and academic achievement; educational advocacy; and direct interventions with children and adults targeted towards improving learning.

 

Lisa is also an instructor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology. Lisa teaches courses predominately in the area of assessment and supervision but has also taught courses on cognitive assessment, academic assessment, assessment of second language learners, psychometrics, and supervision of 2nd-year students, 3rd-year students, and interns.

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Joe Fulcher, Ph.D.

SDSU School Psychology Alumni 1987

My tenure in the School Psychology Program provided me the confidence and skills I needed to make difficult professional decisions, communicate effectively, to challenge myself and others, to think creatively, lead by example, be accountable, and reward others for their efforts. 

 

I currently hold the position of Assistant Superintendent of "Equity, Culture, and Support Services"  in Sweetwater Union High School District in Chula Vista, CA. My role is to collaborate with district and community stakeholders to create instructional environments that support academic rigor, equitable student access and inclusion, cultural relevance and community responsiveness, value diversity, and promote positive student and staff relationships.

 

The goals are to create systems that result in every student reaching their full potential and in all district staff maximizing their professional capacity. The Equity, Culture, and Support Services Office leads district efforts in the creation of inclusive environments that honors student diversity (e.g., ability, race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, language, sexual orientation), and ensures that every student is skilled and able to be globally competitive.

 

Lastly, the position will support the implementation of districtwide academic, educational, outreach supports, and training and professional development initiatives that promote and sustain a climate of diversity, inclusion, and equity and respect. The office will also interface with every district office, program, and department to ensure that all policies and procedures and hiring practices are compliant with district expectations.