Marissa Pacheco, M.S., NCSP
Class of 2018, School Psychologist at LAUSD East
My name is Marissa Pacheco and I am a first year school psychologist at Los Angeles Unified School District East. I was originally a teacher's assistant for LAUSD and was inspired by a school psychologist at my school site to pursue the career. I fell in love with investigating, assessing, and providing counseling!
The school psychology program at Cal State LA has provided me with knowledge on best practices and a strong foundation of school psychology. The professors in the program were supportive and knowledgeable. I carry what I have learned from them into my practice today.
Not only have I learned a great deal, but I was also able to form lifelong friendships! After graduation I took a year off and moved to an island in the Caribbean with my husband who was attending medical school. Upon returning to California, I found myself unprepared for interviews and new developments in the field. Luckily I had my friends from my cohort to guide me through the interview process and reacquaint me to the world of school psychology. I have called these friends for advice and emotional support. To be honest, I probably will continue to call them in the years to come.
To those of you who are currently students or applicants to the program, I would like to commend you on your choice. You have made the right decision! This program provides a wealth of knowledge and a sense of community. Look around the room at your cohort. These people will be a great network for your future endeavors as a school psychologist! They will be your life line.
Alonzo Nevarez, M.S., NCSP
Class of 2017, School Psychologist at Fontana Unified School Psychologist
Diana P. Huizar, M.S., LEP, BCBA
Class of 2010, School Psychologist/Program Specialist at South Whittier School District