Stephanie Allen, Ed.S.
Hello! I’m Stephanie Allen, and am thrilled to be one of the four school psychologists who serve the children, families, and teachers of Watauga County Schools. My office is located at Blowing Rock School, but I also serve Bethel School, as well as preschoolers on all ends of our beautiful county. This is my twelfth year as a school psychologist, and fifth with Watauga County. I relocated to Boone, NC in 2008 when I married my husband, who was lucky enough to grow up here. We have two girls, ages 6 and 2, as well as a lovable black lab, Deacon.
I attended Wake Forest University, earning an undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2001. (Go Deacs!) From there, I attended graduate school at Seton Hall University in my home state of New Jersey. I earned a Masters of Education in Psychological Studies and an Educational Specialist Degree in School and Community Psychology in 2006. I completed my training and two additional years of work at a public middle school in suburban New Jersey. In North Carolina, before joining the WCS team, I worked for four years in Caldwell County Schools just “down the mountain”.
What does a School Psychologist do?
The field of School Psychology is very unique. School psychologists have specialized training in aspects of mental health, child development, and education. We provide support to students, teachers, administrators and parents to help children in all aspects of their schooling. School psychologists work individually with students, to gather information about learning needs, and then provide recommendations and supports based on the results. We can also assist, through consultation with teachers and parents, on a variety of learning and behavioral needs. School psychologists work collaboratively with professionals such as speech pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, special education teachers, counselors, nurses, and social workers. We can also assist with referrals to various community agencies based on individual student and family need.
If you have questions or concerns about your child or wish to know more about School Psychology, please come and see me.