As members of the Student Services team at Barnstable West Barnstable Elementary School, we strive to assist students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. In order to achieve this goal, we work closely with students and stakeholders, including parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, and community agencies. While there are many commonalities within our roles, the role of a school psychologist and school counselor differ in some ways:
The school psychologist is highly involved with student assessment and evaluation within the school setting; this includes evaluation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The school psychologist also engages in collaboration with members of a student’s special education and general education team to monitor the progress and ensure the success of struggling learners.
The school counselor supports classroom teachers and teaches students through the delivery of the Child Protection Unit, which is part of the Second Step Program, the school-wide social-emotional curriculum. Also, the school counselor identifies students and supports families who are identified under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act.
We both provide counseling services to students individually and in groups surrounding a variety of issues, including lagging skills, bullying, anger, anxiety, and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. Ultimately, we strive to assist students in becoming successful learners in the school setting.
Angela Pidala, School Psychologist/Team Chair Katherine Beebe, School Counselor
(508)362-4949 ext. 113 (508)362-4949 ext. 110