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Nancy Caporello proud of her work as a school psychologist

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Shrewsbury – A young man walked into Nancy Caporello’s office ; sh e is a psychologist, but the young man was not there to receive counseling about girls, his family or addictive substances. Besides, he’s much more content with his action figures.

Caporello is the new school psychologist at Beal, but she’s not an outsider. Originally from Auburn, she has lived in Princeton for the last sixteen years, but she’s familiar with the Shrewsbury School System because she completed her school psychology practicum at Oak Middle School.

She’s not the psychologist many envision at first mention of the word. For starters, she works with students in prekindergarten, kindergarten and first grade.

“I have always loved working with this age group,” said Caporello said. “I taught kindergarten before becoming a school psychologist.”

Her clientele may include only youngsters, but that doesn’t mean she was able to skimp on her certifications.

“To become a licensed school psychologist in Massachusetts, one must complete a school psychology licensing program earning a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, Educational Specialist, or doctoral degree,” she said.

While she performs many of the basic techniques of any psychologist, Caporello’s discipline is specific to education. She and her colleagues specialize in helping children succeed in school.

Caporello’s her primary roles are assessment and counseling, said,

“I’m not sure that there is a typical day – each day is diff erent,” she said. “On any given day I facilitate a social skills group, meet with a teacher to discuss progress her students are making in a group or other students she has concerns with.”

Her line of work does not consist only of waiting and reacting to situations brought to her attention. She plays an active role in students’ welfare.

“I lead several social skills groups each week,” she said. “In addition, I am part of the Early Intervening Team, a group made up of the principal, teachers, a speech-and-language pathologist, an occupational therapist and special educators. Teachers who have a student with learning, emotional, speech or behavioral concerns bring those concerns to the team. We take a proactive approach and deal with these issues while they are small.”

Caporello’s breadth of ability does not rest in her counseling alone.

“I also occasionally go into the classroom and teach a class on a variety of topics including social skills, how to handle and control feelings, and anxiety reduction.” She’s no substitute teacher, though, as her experience teaching kindergarten attests.

Mainly concerned with her students’ welfare, Caporello is an asset to the administration at Beal. Her presence allows teachers to focus on teaching, while her integration with staff and students nurtures natural relationships. When it comes down to it, she’s on the same team as parents and teachers alike.

“I love seeing students grow and change,” Caporello said. “Hopefully, some of what I do helps them to learn and gain academic skills, and to form meaningful friendships with peers.”

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