Kathryn Allan

Kathryn Allan

Role

In my role as a school psychologist, I aim to use my training in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help support children to succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. I work to advocate for the unique needs of individual students through direct evaluation and intervention support, as well as consultation with teachers and parents. As a member of the special education team, I conduct psychological evaluations to assist in determining the most appropriate supports for each child’s learning differences. As a part of the counseling team, I am able to provide some individual and group counseling support. Developing resilience, a positive mindset, and strong coping strategies are such an important part of a child’s youth that I also hope to be a resource to teachers and parents who strive to instill these skills in each child. I am at Discovery three times a week and am always happy to talk or meet with parents.

Professional Background

I graduated from the University of Virginia for undergraduate with a degree in Psychology. After working for a year in a school for children with autism, I started at William and Mary, where I graduated with a Masters in Education and an Educational Specialist degree for School Psychology. I completed my school psychology internship with Arlington Public Schools and was fortunate to be hired afterward. This is my sixth year as a school psychologist, and I have worked in several schools in the county, as well as for the countywide Child Find program for preschoolers. I have been at Discovery since it opened and have loved being a part of the Explorer community.

Personal Interests

In my free time, I love spending time with my family and close friends. I recently got married, so I am now enjoying married life. We have a French bulldog, named Charlie, who we love and is spoiled rotten. Frenchie themed objects can be found throughout our house! I otherwise enjoy reading, being outdoors, trying new food/restaurants, and traveling.

Literary Connection

I chose the book Invisible Boy. The character in this book, Brian, is quiet and often seems “invisible” in the classroom because nobody ever seems to notice him or include him in different activities. When a new student, Justin, joins the class, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. At lunch, when other students laugh at Justin, Brian writes him a note to reach out and make him feel better. Everybody at some point in their life has probably had the experience that Brian has in this book – of being left out or secluded from a group activity. As a professional that aims to support the social and emotional well-being of young children, this book reiterates how important small acts of kindness are in helping others to feel supported and connected. I think it is important for children to understand that everyone is different and has their own strengths. Sometimes taking the “brave” step to reach out to someone else who may not “fit in” may lead them to make a new friend. Starting from a young age, it is such a valuable lesson for children to understand that they can choose to be kind by simply reaching out to peers in small, safe, and easy ways to make others feel appreciated.