Professional Biography

  • Alexandra Franks-Thomas

    My name is Alex Franks-Thomas. I am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. I work at Lakes and South Bay Elementary Schools. I am a proud EWU Eagle! I completed my B.A. in Children's Studies and B.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology in June 2011. I completed my Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology in June 2014, and received my National Certification (NCSP) in October 2014. I have worked in North Thurston Public Schools since Fall 2013. 

    I am an active member of the Washington State Assocation of School Psychologists (WSASP), and currently serve as President Elect and Communications Committee Co-Chair. 

What is a School Psychologist?

  • What is a School Psychologist? 

    A school psychologist is someone who has expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior. I use these skills to help students in my schools succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. I partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. 

    School Psychologists Work With Students and Families to:

    • Identify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success
    • Evaluate eligibility for special education services (within a multidisciplinary team)
    • Support students' social, emotional, and behavioral health
    • Teach parenting skills and enhance home–school collaboration
    • Make referrals and help coordinate community support services

    School Psychologists Work With Teachers to:

    • Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning
    • Design and implement student progress monitoring systems
    • Design and implement academic and behavioral interventions
    • Support effective individualized instruction
    • Create positive classroom environments
    • Motivate all students to engage in learning

Let's Connect!

  • If you have concerns about your student's social, emotional, behavioral, or academic development, please feel free to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to joining your team to work towards positive outcomes for your student! 


    Phone: Call your building's main number, and ask to speak to Mrs. Alex, the school psychologist.


    Monday: South Bay
    Tuesday: Lakes
    Wednesday: Lakes
    Thursday: South Bay AM/Lakes PM
    Friday: Lakes