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Psychologists and Speech/Language Pathologists earn National Board Certification

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Issaquah School District educators are among the most talented and qualified employees in the nation!

You may be aware that 49 teachers have earned National Board Certification, but did you know that many of our school psychologists and speech/language pathologists have completed similarly rigorous certification processes?


School psychologists help our students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They work with children to make sure they have an entire team supporting them, whether at home or at school. When a student encounters a learning or behavior problems, a school psychologist will help identify the problem, evaluate the situation, and build solutions.

This dedicated group contains 13 psychologists who have earned National Certification from the National Association of School Psychologists. They are:

  • Pat Barthe, Challenger Elementary and Tiger Mountain Community High School
  • Kristen Berwald, Discovery Elementary
  • Mary Browning, Clark Elementary and Tiger Mountain Community High School
  • Mikael Carlson, Beaver Lake Middle School and Endeavour Elementary
  • Gina Gerardi Caulton, Sunset Elementary
  • Karla Craig, Issaquah Middle School and Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus
  • Laurie Engelbeck, Beaver Lake Middle School and Pine Lake Middle School
  • Shannon Hermsen, Briarwood Elementary and Cascade Ridge Elementary
  • Renee Johnson, Cougar Ridge Elementary and Sunset Elementary
  • Kara Moscovitz, Apollo Elementary
  • Lyn Pease, Grand Ridge Elementary and Tiger Mountain Community High School
  • Mary Ann Rothwell, Echo Glen Children’s Center
  • Alaina Sivadasan, Maple Hills Elementary and Skyline High School

The certification program contains four parts:

  • Program Requirements.   Completion of an organized program of study that is officially titled “School Psychology” as well as 60 graduate semester/90 quarter hours of study in school psychology.
  • Internship.   Successful completion of a 1200-hour internship in school psychology, of which at least 600 hours must be in a school setting.
  • Examination.   Achievement of at least a 600 score on the School Psychologist Praxis II Examination administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  • Continuing Professional Development Required to Maintain Certification.   All School Psychologists who hold National Certification must actively engage in activities designed to maintain, expand, and extend their professional training and skills. In order to meet this requirement, the NCSP must complete at least 75 contact hours of continuing professional development within a 36-month period.

Congratulations and much appreciation to our Nationally Certified school psychologists!

 Learn more online at the National Association of School Psychologists.

Speech/Language Pathologists

District speech/language pathologists help give voice to those who may be struggling to find theirs. They assess, diagnosis, and treat disorders related to speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive communication. Working with students, they develop tailored plans of care that include family members and community support services.

This dedicated group contains 20 speech-language pathologists who have earned their Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech/Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:

  • Jenny Alden, Challenger Elementary
  • Dan Baier, Apollo Elementary
  • Natalie Brodeur, Administration
  • Cassie Callaghan, Maple Hills Elementary and Apollo Elementary
  • Joanne Conner, Briarwood Elementary and Maywood Elementary
  • Pam Forquera, Issaquah Valley Elementary
  • Kathy Gottlieb, Clark Elementary and Issaquah Middle School
  • Lisa Guderjohn, Endeavour Elementary. Newcastle Elementary. and Cougar Ridge Elementary
  • Kathy Gusdorf, Echo Glen Children’s Center, Skyline High, and Tiger Mountain Community High School
  • Madalena McAllen, Cougar Ridge Elementary
  • Sarah Oarbeascoa, Sunset Elementary
  • Kit Nau, Liberty High
  • Adrienne Parker, Cascade Ridge Elementary and Tiger Mountain Community High School
  • Paulette Penney, Discovery Elementary
  • Janis Pock, Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus
  • Deane Ramsay, Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus and Issaquah High
  • Judy Reid, Discovery Elementary
  • Kristy Riggs, Sunset Elementary
  • Phyllis Runyon, Pine Lake Middle School and Beaver Lake Middle School
  • Nancy Sellars, Sunny Hills Elementary, Grand Ridge Elementary, and team leader

The certification process requires:

  • A master’s or doctoral or other recognized post-baccalaureate degree that includes a minimum of 75 semester credit hours in speech-language pathology in an institution accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Knowledge Outcomes that include:
    • prerequisite knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and social/behavioral sciences
    • knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases
    • knowledge of the nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders including the etiologies, characteristic, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates
    • knowledge of the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication disorders – including consideration of anatomical/physiological, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates of the disorder
    • knowledge of standards of ethical conduct
    • knowledge of processes used in research and the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice
    • knowledge of contemporary professional issues
    • knowledge of certification, specialty recognition, licensure, and other professional credentials
  • Skills Outcomes that include:
    • Skill in oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practices
    • Completion of a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of speech-language pathology
      • 25 hours of observation and 375 hours in direct client/patient contact
  • Including experience across the life-span and from culturally/linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Practicum experience with various types and severities of communication and/or related disorders, differences, and disabilities.
  • Assessment: demonstration of satisfactory performance through on-going formative assessment of knowledge and skills as well summative assessment by passing the national examination.
  • Clinical Fellowship: consisting of 36 weeks of full-time clinical practice which includes establishing outcomes and performance levels to be achieved, and engaging in periodic assessment of performance.
  • Maintenance of Certification which consists of 30 hours of professional development for CCC maintenance every three years.

Congratulations and much appreciation to our Nationally Certified speech-language pathologists!

Learn more online at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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