First and foremost, I am proud to be part of the Komachin Middle School family! I am an Eastern Washington native and graduated from Eastern Washington University (Go Eagles!) with my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. I provided mental health services to adults in Spokane, Washington. I realized, with encouragement from my now husband, that I wanted to take my skill set into the schools. Therefore, I got certified as a School Psychologist from Washington State University. The job search brought my husband and I to North Thurston School District, and we could not be happier! My Husband is a teacher at Lakes Elementary School, and we have two beautiful children. We enjoy hiking, camping, being with friends and family, and creating adventures outdoors. I have been working for NTPSD since 2009, and have experience supporting grades pk-12, in addition to alternative programs. I have been the Co-Lead School Psychologist for NTPSD since 2015. I specialize in Trauma-Informed practices, facilitating meetings, and translating mental health principles into engaging professional development presentations for educators. On top of completing my daily responsibilities at work, one of my main priorities is that I am able to make others feel heard, safe, and that I genuinely care about their needs. They will never sit at my table without being served love and compassion. I strive to bring others together to reach a common goal to meet the needs of our students. I work to provide the inspiration that activates compassion and accelerates greatness.
- 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
- Assist all in this new world of remote learning
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 KMS's main number, and ask to speak to Mrs. Hively, the school psychologist OR my Google Voice number is: 415-985-1204
- What is a School Psychologist?
You can find me at Komachin Middle School Monday-Friday. However, I also serve the alternative programs of VOICE and Gravity, and may have meetings out of the building sporadically throughout the week. If you miss me at KMS, please leave me a message and I will get back to you within 1 buisness day.