Ida Valipour '12, Ed.S., NCSP, School Psychologist

Where do you work?

I'm a full time school psychologist in New Jersey. (Yes! All the way out here! Thank you NCSP!) I currently work for a school district that has two high schools, I am at both schools.

What would you consider to be your area of expertise at this point in your career?

I am most proud of all the work I've done with our LGBT youth. I co-advise the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club and meet with our students twice a week after school to bring awareness to our community, implement change within our school and plan, prep and participate in various activities like the Day of Silence.

How has your work made an impact on the lives of others?

I feel like my work has made an impact to not just students but to the staff and parents I work with. Students see me as someone that supports them, advocates for them and is truly there for them. Staff members look to me as someone they can come speak to if they have concerns with students in their class and parents have shared their children's stories with me and how I've made an impact in their lives. For example, I helped develop a transgender policy for our high school. We are in the process of having administration approve the policy and implement it. It has taken a lot of work, but feel that the policy, once implemented, will help many transgender students transition into high school. That's a very tough thing to do and our hope is that with this policy, it will help their transition process and ease their anxiety.