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., NCSPSchool Psychologist
firstname.lastname@example.org x6127Grades 2-3 & 6-8Dr. Jason A. Pedersen, NCSPSchool Psychologist
Grades 4-5, 9-12Dr. David J. Lillenstein, NCSPSchool Psychologistdlillenstein@hershey.k12.pa.us
717-534-2501 x5436Masters/Doctoral Level Interns:Jessica Betancourt, M.S.
(Millersville University)email@example.com x5423Joelle Harrington, M.Ed.(Lehigh University)firstname.lastname@example.org x5423Alex Michalski, M.Ed.
(Lehigh University)email@example.com x5423Practicum Intern(s):Liz Boyd(Lehigh University)firstname.lastname@example.org x5423Lydia Van Voorhis(Lehigh University) email@example.com x5423
Association of School Psychologists of PennsylvaniaNational Association of School Psychologists
www.nasponline.orgFlorida Center for Reading Research