•  Anna Kuzdraj, M.A., P.D.

    School Psychologist
    Demarest School District

    201-768-6060 EXT: 52257

    kuzdraja@nvnet.org 

     

     

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    It is with absolute excitement and delight that I begin my fourth year as a School Psychologist within the Demarest Public School District. My role within the Demarest Public School District for the 2017-2018 academic school year will consist of case management, completion of Psycho-Educational as well as Social-Emotional/Adaptive/Behavioral Evaluations, acting as a member on the Intervention and Referral Services Team, individual counseling, facilitating social skills lessons in the classroom as well as creating social skills groups, and coordinating lunch bunches as well as a girls’ group at Demarest Middle School.

    I received my Professional Diploma in School Psychology as well as my Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts and Sciences from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey where I double majored in Psychology and Journalism and Information Studies. Currently, I am a New Jersey Certified School Psychologist. I am in the process of attaining my national certification through the National Association of School Psychologists as well as applying for Post-Master’s Administrative Programs, in order to further my education.

    During my graduate studies at Kean University, I completed two internship experiences as well as one extensive externship experience. During each of these educational opportunities as well as through my three years of experience working within the Demarest Public School District, I have attained the appropriate skills to work collaboratively with parents, teachers, and staff members in order to be an advocate for the students in my charge as well as in order to provide each student with an individualized educational experience through creating Individualized Education Plans. Overall, I gained experience in completing evaluations as well as extensive reports that assess as well as summarize a student’s individual cognitive, academic, social-emotional, adaptive, and behavioral abilities, providing individual counseling services as well as social skills services in order to facilitate the development of appropriate coping strategies as well as appropriate school/social behaviors, and working on the Intervention and Referral Services Team in order to provide teachers as well as students with the appropriate strategies to meet their needs.

    As my educational belief is that all students are unique and have various strengths as well as methods of learning, it is my goal to ensure that all students be provided with an academic experience that meets each of their individual abilities and addresses their strengths as well as their unique learning abilities. I am beyond excited to begin the 2017-2018 academic school year and to work with students, teachers, parents, and related service providers in order to provide each student with an amazing educational experience.

    Below are some helpful links: 

    National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education 
    http://www.napcse.org/
     
    Council for Exceptional Children
    http://www.cec.sped.org/