Student Support Services
Eight support staff members pose for a photo,

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
804-639-8624 (Office)
804-739-6237 (Fax)

My name is Anne Collins, and I am the School Social Worker assigned to Davis Elementary & Providence Middle School.  This is my third year at both schools; however, I have been a school social worker for the past 13 years. I am scheduled to be at Davis on Tuesdays and Fridays and at Providence on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  I am also sometimes out in the field conducting home visits and attending other community meetings but can easily be reached by email most of the time.In case you are not familiar with what a school social worker does, below is a summary of some of my responsibilities:

  • Participate in Referral meetings/Special Education Evaluation Team;
  • Conduct sociological assessments on children being evaluated to determine eligibility for exceptional education services;
  • Individual and group counseling, as needed and as time permits;
  • Advocate for parents and students;
  • Support teachers and parents with strategies to work with children;
  • Participate on School Attendance Support Team and Student Support Team, as needed;
  • Intervene and assist with Critical Incident Team in responding to threats, grief/loss, etc. as needed;
  • Connect families to community resources, such as families experiencing homelessness/unstable housing, mental health care needs, health care needs, respite and
  • disability support, and much more!

Anne Marshall Collins, MSW, C-SSWS
School Social Worker
Email:  anne_collins@ccpsnet.net
804-601-4958

School Social Workers are school employees who provide social work services in every school in Chesterfield County. School Social Workers are state certified and have expertise in social work and education. As a part of a multidisciplinary team of staff, teachers and parents, they assist and encourage the development of each student’s capabilities. School Social Workers identify and intervene in problems that interfere with a student’s education. They are trained to deal with difficulties such as developmental and learning disabilities; parenting education; family and marital stress; school age pregnancy; absenteeism; substance abuse; crisis management and suicide prevention. The coordination of resources between home, school, and community is a unique service provided by School Social Workers. Resources that School Social Workers frequently connect individuals with are: parenting classes; mental health services; resources for food and clothing; tutorial services and other educational support.

Your School Social Worker provides information on food, clothing and tutorial services

Virginia Department of Education provides information about special education and other academic programming

Contact

Hope E. Murphy, MSW
Supervisor, School Social Work Services
Desk 804-639-2755
Fax 739-6237

CTC@Hull
13900 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, VA  23112

My name is Stephaine Franklin, and I provide diagnostic services to positively impact students’ academic, social, and emotional development to promote learning. By completing academic assessments with a child, I provide important individualized information to families and staff pertaining to the student’s learning achievement.  I help build collaborative relationships to identify and offer recommendations to remove barriers in student learning.  I am happy to be part of the Davis Dragon family!