Public school psychologists are key partners with educators, administrators, and families, supporting the academic and social-emotional needs of students. In Murray, licensed psychologists Shelly Gearheart and Blaire Buteau hold this role and actively seek the well-being and success of our students across elementary and secondary schools.
One of their primary responsibilities is to conduct assessments and evaluations of students to identify their challenges and areas of need. With the permission of a student’s family, they use a variety of tools and techniques to evaluate cognitive, academic, and social-emotional functioning. From that data, they can provide recommendations for interventions and accommodations to support student learning and development.
Shelly and Blaire also provide counseling and therapeutic services to students who are experiencing social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties. They work with students individually and in groups to address issues such as anxiety, depression, bullying, and substance abuse. And they provide support and guidance to help students navigate these challenges.
In addition to their direct work with students, they also collaborate with educators and families to create positive and supportive learning environments. This includes consultation and training with teachers and staff on topics such as classroom management, positive behavior support, and social-emotional learning. But also works with families to provide resources and support that help them promote their child’s academic and social-emotional development.
We are proud of the work Shelly and Blaire do for Murray students. If you have questions or would like to explore support for your child, you can contact Shelly at (801) 264-7400 x5252 and Blaire at (801) 264 7442 ex 7172.