Meet Your School Psychologist
Hello, my name is Ms. Stupka and I am the school psychologist at JR Gerritts Middle School. I am currently in a shared position between JRG and Sunrise Elementary and spend roughly half of my time at each building supporting students through collaboration and consultation with staff and families along with my other duties. I earned my Bachelor's degree in 2011 through the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Major in Psychology and Minor in Philosophy. I received my Master’s degree in 2014 and my Education Specialist degree in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. I am also a member of the Wisconsin School Psychologists Association and the National Association of School Psychologists which provides further opportunities for professional development. As with all of the staff at JRG, I see myself as a lifelong learner and continue to practice and develop my skills through many opportunities offered.
I particularly enjoy working with the 7th and 8th grade students at JRG and enjoy their unique sense of humor, thoughtfulness, and perspective. I enjoy helping students work through the challenges that adolescence brings and am thrilled to be a part of the problem solving process for many students when it comes to their academic, behavioral, and mental health needs. While most of my work revolves around academics, I often am able to see and work with students experiencing complex problems that involve multiple areas of their lives. Providing comprehensive support and services to students as they develop into adulthood is particularly important to me in my role.
I currently reside in Kimberly with my partner, Jacob, and our daughter, Evelyn. We enjoy spending time together and with our extended family, many of whom live nearby. We also enjoy the outdoors and frequently walk to local parks but also go camping, swimming, and fishing in our spare time. Reading is another passion of ours and we spend a lot of time enjoying books together. We enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. Evie currently likes to help with any mixing or taste testing and she loves to help doing the dishes. We have started growing a few vegetables and herbs on our patio and hope to create a larger garden in the future (if we can keep up with the weeds).
Hoping this information helps you get to know me a little bit better and provides you with one more friendly familiar face in student services! I am looking forward to seeing each of you as you continue your educational career at JRG!
School Psychologist Services
In general, school psychologists are trained to develop and implement both academic and behavioral support and interventions to students, consult and collaborate with teachers, families, and other school professionals (e.g. school counselors) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. School psychologists are responsible for contributing to the response to intervention framework, which includes tiered supports for academic, behavioral, and mental health needs. School psychologists contribute to this process by assisting in the development and implementation of interventions, collecting and analyzing progress monitoring data, consulting and collaborating with staff and families, and planning and conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations for the purposes of information gathering, IEP, and/or 504 development and implementation if needed.
Other responsibilities of the school psychologist may include but are not limited to:
- Assisting with data collection and analysis
- Providing individual student support and mentoring
- Supporting diverse learners
- Monitoring and effectively communicating with parents about student progress
- Helping families understand their child's learning and mental health needs
- Assisting in navigating special education processes
- Connecting families with community service providers when necessary
- Helping effectively engage families with teachers and other school staff
- Promoting positive behavior and mental health
- Promoting student motivation and engagement
- Improving student’s communication and social skills
- Assessing student emotional and behavioral needs
- Promoting problem solving, anger management and conflict resolution
- Reinforcing positive coping skills and resilience
- Promoting positive peer relationships and social problem solving
- Supporting social-emotional learning