School Psychologist

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Mr. Frantz, School Psychologist

Hello and welcome to my webpage! My name is Jason Frantz (pronounced "France") and I am the new psychologist to the Spencerport School District. I am excited to join Munn Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year and for the opportunity to work with the Munn Elementary team. In addition to my responsibilities as a school psychologist I will also be running the First Lego League at Munn this year! This is an exciting year for me and the students at Munn. To follow all of the excitement follow @MunnPsych on Twitter.

What is a School Psychologist?

What exactly does a school psychologist do? I’m sure this is a question many individuals might have, since the role of a school psychologist can be rather vast depending on states, districts, and schools. School psychologists can fill a number roles; however, they are most commonly and traditionally viewed as the professional who “tests” kids for special education. This, however, is only a portion of what a school psychologist can actually do to help teachers, administrators, students, and parents.

School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services.


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Working with Families to...

  • Identify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success
  • Evaluate eligibility for special education services (within a multidisciplinary team)
  • Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning
  • Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems
  • Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem-solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism

Working with Teachers to...

  • Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning
  • Design and implement student progress monitoring systems
  • Support effective individualized instruction
  • Design and implement academic and behavioral interventions
  • Create positive classroom environments
  • Motivate all students to engage in learning

Working with Administrators to...

  • Collect and analyze data related to accountability and school-wide improvements.
  • Promote best practices that ensure safety of all students and respond to crises by providing leadership and coordination with community services
  • Designing school-wide mental health programs.

Why Do Children Need School Psychologists? 

All children and youth can face problems from time to time-related to learning; social relationships; making difficult decisions; or managing emotions such as feeling depressed, anxious, worried, or isolated. School psychologists help students, families, educators, and members of the community understand and resolve both long-term, chronic problems and short-term issues that students may face. They are a highly skilled and ready resource in the effort to ensure that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and in life.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Jason Frantz
School Psychologist
Munn Elementary School
jfrantz@spencerportschools.org
(585) 349-5554

last updated: September 1, 2016

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