With a significant weather event approaching, in consultation with our local public safety officials, all Whitman-Hanson schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, February 8, 2016. This includes all PK-12 classes, all morning, afternoon, and evening activities as well as athletics and building use events.
Our local public safety officials have asked us to remind everyone to be aware of children and adults being outside during this type of storm. A heavy wet snow with winds brings downs trees and wires without notice. There is an increased chance during this storm because many trees are currently top heavy and snow packed.
MEET THE WHRHS SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS
Wendy L. Price, Psy.D., NCSP
Dr. Price graduated Dean's List in 1987 from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology. After several years as a stay-at-home mother, Dr. Price began working in the Duxbury Public Schools as an instructional assistant to students with Autism/Asperger's Syndrome.
It was during this time that Dr. Price worked closely with Robin Lualdi (School Psychologist at Chandler School), who urged her to become a School Psychologist. Dr. Price attended the University of Massachusetts: Boston, and received her Master of Education degree (M.Ed) in School Psychology in 2000.
Following a 1200 hour internship, and additional graduate classes, she also received her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in School Psychology in 2001. Upon graduating from UMASS, Dr. Price was awarded the Vincent Christiani Endowment Award for Excellence in School Psychology. She was also asked to join the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA), as Co-Chair of Professional Development and Credentialing. That was also the year that Dr. Price came to work at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School.
In 2005 she became Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee for MSPA. Dr. Price is a Past President of the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association. In 2012 she began a three year term as the Massachusetts Delegate for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and was re-elected in 2015. Mrs. Price served on the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee in 2012 and was appointed by the NASP President as co-chair of the Membership Workgroup that same year. In February of 2013, Dr. Price was given the NASP "Rookie of the Year" Award by NASP President Amy Smith. In 2015, Dr. Price was elected by the NASP Delegates in the Northeast to serve as their representative on the NASP Board of Directors.
Since coming to WHRHS, Dr. Price has been involved in a number of activities, including: assessment, counseling, consultation with parents/faculty/community mental health providers, administrative duties such as being a Team Chairperson, member of the Crisis Intervention Team and the Student/Teacher Assistance Team (STAT). She does presentations to new teachers at North River Collaborative on a variety of topics. Dr. Price has done presentations at Curry College on Teaching Social Skills to kids on the autism spectrum.
Dr. Price also mentors new School Psychologists to the District, and is a Field Supervisor of School Psychology graduate level intern/practicum students from UMASS Boston and William James College. She completed her doctorate in School Psychology at William James College and graduated in August, 2015. In the spring of that same year, Dr. Price was awarded the MSPA 2015 Friend of Children award.
Dr. Price is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP).
Mrs. Sarah Yarboro, Ed.S., NCSP
Mrs. Yarboro graduated from Connecticut College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Development. After graduating from college, Mrs. Yarboro spent a year working as a one-to-one aid to a child with Down Syndrome and teaching preschool. Beginning in the fall of 2010, she attended Tufts University and received a Master of Arts (M.A) in School Psychology in 2011. After continued coursework and an internship, she received her Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.). While attending Tufts, Mrs. Yarboro worked as an intern in both the Swampscott Public Schools and Lexington Public Schools. Mrs. Yarboro is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP).
Blake Chaffins: School Psychology Intern
Mr. Chaffins graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He spent the following year working at WHRSD as a part-time substitute before he discovered a passion for school psychology. He earned his Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2015 and recently worked as a school psychology practicum intern at Boston Public Schools in Mattapan in 2014-15. He also has experience working with children and adolescents with severe autism and other developmental disabilities at the May Institute of Randolph during the summers of 2010 and 2011.
Mr. Chaffins has a specific interest in building strong relationships with students and parents. Additionally, he aspires to develop psychological reports that are user-friendly and valuable to all beneficiaries. He will also be spending time at Maquan Elementary and Whitman Middle School each week.