Welcome! I am Leslie Merritt, School Psychologist at Blandford Elementary School. This is my 21st year as a school psychologist in Effingham County. My husband, Justin, taught at SEHS for 20 years and is now an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director there. Our son, Hunter, graduated from ECHS/STEM in 2021 and Anna is currently a senior at ECHS/STEM. I love my job and the people I work with! When I'm not working I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, traveling and cheering on the Dawgs and Braves.
School psychologists help students succeed academically, socially and emotionally. They collaborate with teachers and administrators, parents and other professionals to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
What Do School Psychologists Do?
School psychologists work to find the best solutions for each student and situation; they use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems. School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They develop programs to assist teachers and parents with effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom and work with students with disabilities or special talents. They also assist in preventing and managing crises. The school psychologist collaborates with teachers, parents and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems as well as strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents and service providers. School psychologists evaluate eligibility for special services, assess academic skills and aptitude for learning and determine social-emotional development and mental health status.