• Psychological Services

     

    Overview
    Derry Township’s school psychologists and masters/doctoral level school psychology interns help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with administrators, educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
     

    Derry Township’s school psychologists and masters/doctoral level school psychology interns work to find the best solution for each student and situation and use varied strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems. The school psychologists and masters/doctoral level school psychology interns work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents regarding effective teaching and learning strategies, effective techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, and working with students with disabilities or with special talents. Through participation in the Hershey Intervention and Prevention Program (HIP), issues concerning the abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises are also addressed.

    Derry Township’s school psychologists
    and masters/doctoral level school psychology interns are active participants on various teams in each building, including, Data Teams, Intervention Planning Teams, Intervention Teams, Student Assistance Teams (HIP), assist with the development of Transition Plans and 504/Chapter 15 Service Agreements, and regularly participate in regular and special education programs. They oversee the District’s DIBELS/AIMSWeb/Performance Tracker programs and RTI/3 Tier Process for assessment and intervention which assists in determining whether students are acquiring skills and responding to the core curriculum and/or specialized interventions.

    Contact Information:

    30 E. Granada Avenue
    PO Box 898
    Hershey, PA 17033
     
    Grade contacts:

    Grades K-1 (ECC)
     
    Amanda B. Peters, M.S., NCSP
    School Psychologist
    apeters@hershey.k12.pa.us
    717-531-2211 x6127
     
    Grades 2-3 & 6-8
     
    Dr. Jason A. Pedersen, NCSP
    School Psychologist
    jpedersen@hershey.k12.pa.us
    717-531-2277 x5405


    Grades 4-5, 9-12


    Dr. David J. Lillenstein, NCSP
    School Psychologist
    dlillenstein@hershey.k12.pa.us
     717-534-2501 x5436

    Masters/Doctoral Level Interns:

    Jessica Betancourt, M.S. 
    (Millersville University)
    jbetancourtperez@hershey.k12.pa.us
    717-531-2277  x5423

     
    Joelle Harrington, M.Ed.
    (Lehigh University)
    joharringtont@hershey.k12.pa.us
    717-531-2277 x5423
     
    Alex Michalski, M.Ed.
    (Lehigh University)
    717-531-2277 x5423
     
    Practicum Intern(s): 
    Liz Boyd
    (Lehigh University)
    717-531-2277 x5423
     
    Lydia Van Voorhis
    (Lehigh University) lvanvoohis@hershey.k12.pa.us
    717-531-2277 x5423
     
     

    Helpful Links:

    Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania

     
    National Association of School Psychologists
    www.nasponline.org

    BIG IDEAS in Reading http://reading.uoregon.edu

    DIBELS Website http://dibels.uoregon.edu/
     
    Florida Center for Reading Research
    www.fcrr.org

    PVAAS
     
    Performance Tracker
     
    Keystones/CDTs
     
    EasyCBM
     
    IEP+
    https://drr.iepplus.powerschool.com/IEPPLUS/Home.aspx