Hi! I am Susan Smoots, your School Psychologist serving Evergreen Middle School.
I graduated from Mariner High School, so I am a local girl. After high school I attended Edmonds Community College, then transferred to Missouri Valley College where I completed my bachelor's degree in non-profit agency management. I spent fifteen years working for our community's non-profit agencies, during which time I earned a master's degree in education from Western Washington University.
After some reflection I decided to become a school psychologist. In 2006 I graduated from Seattle University with dual degrees in School Counseling and School Psychology. I began working at Evergreen Middle School and immediately fell in love with our kids, my colleagues and my work.
What is a School Psychologist?
School psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education. They use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. School psychologists understand school systems, effective teaching and successful learning. Today’s children face more challenges than ever before. School psychologists can provide solutions for tomorrow’s problems through thoughtful and positive actions today.
I work specifically with kids with special learning needs. These are students who need or already have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs.) However, I am available to all of our students to work on friendship, family or homework issues, individually or in groups.