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Nelson Ridge
Intermediate School
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Ms. Oosterbaan
School Psychologist - Nelson Ridge
and Nelson Prairie

About Me...

What is a School Psychologist? 

As a school psychologist, I first and foremost listen to students’ concerns. School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists 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. (NASPonline.org 2018).

On the job, school psychologists:

  • Work with school-aged children
  • Support staff and parents
  • Participate in special education by administering psychological tests and assessments 
  • Active member of the school's IEP team to assist with determining special education eligibility 
  • Listen to concerns about academic, emotional or social problems
  • Help students process their problems and plan goals and action
  • Promote positive behaviors
  • Meet with parents and teachers to discuss learning, behavioral, and social problems
  • Study and implement behavioral management techniques
  • Research and implement academic and social-emotional programs and interventions
  • Collect and analyze school-wide data
  • Consultation and collaboration with parents and staff
  • Crisis preparedness, response, and recovery


Quick Facts...

This is my second year in New Lenox as a school psychologist.

Professional Affiliations: 

  • American Psychological Association 
  • Illinois Association of School Psychology
  • National Association of School Psychology

InterestsI love baking, trying new foods, listening to live music, traveling, and reading a good book.

Research InterestsI have several publications for my research and work related to the School to Prison Pipeline, collaboration between school psychologists and teachers, and Response to Intervention/Data. 

Graduated From:

2015: BA in Psychology and Anthropology from University of Illinois at Chicago

2016: M.Ed. from Loyola University Chicago 

2018: Ed.S. from Loyola University Chicago

2018: Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) Certification

2019 - 2021: (In Progress) Doctorate of Education in School Psychology

Favorite Books:

Harry Potter and Lord of the RingsSmile