My name is Rachel Mutnick, and I am the School Psychologist assigned to A.M. Davis Elementary and Jacobs Road Elementary. I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology and Family and Child Sciences at Florida State University. As a graduate student, I attended James Madison University where I earned my Masters and Educational Specialist Degrees in School Psychology. What I love about our career field is our versatility to strengthen individuals, families, school buildings, and larger communities. While my primary role involves participation in the Special Education Evaluation Team and individualized student assessment, I also provide academic, behavioral, and mental health supports, consultation with teachers and families, and crisis prevention and response. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work with such incredible schools and families this school year!
School psychologists work in every school in Chesterfield County.
School psychologists are mental health professionals who are trained in both psychology and education. They support the development of learning and behavior to help students succeed academically, socially and emotionally. School psychologists use a collaborative, problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in learning environment, attitude and motivation of students.
Services offered by school psychologists are provided directly to the student through individual assessment, counseling and critical incident (such as death, illness or community trauma) response or indirectly through consultation and the development of research-based academic or behavioral interventions with teachers, parents and other caregivers.
School psychologists recognize the critical importance of collaborative partnerships with school staff members, parents and community professionals (medical professionals, mental health therapists, etc.) to support the learning process and improve the academic competence and social and emotional health of all children.
Finally, school psychologists develop programs to train teachers and parents on a wide range of topics; for example, teaching and learning strategies and techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom. Psychologists also work with students who have disabilities or special talents, as well as those who engage in dangerous behaviors. School psychologists are often called on to prevent and manage critical or life-threatening situations.
To learn more, contact the school psychologist serving your school.
Laura C. Early, Ed.S., NCSP
Coordinator of Psychological Services
Department of Equity & Student Support Services
Chesterfield County Public Schools
13900 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, Virginia 23112