School Psychology

  • Our school psychologists work collaboratively with school leaders, staff, students, families and our CSD community to provide ongoing support and consultation. This includes assistance and intervention within the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS), evaluations to assess for learning differences and special education eligibility,  preventive and responsive services for at-risk behavior and mental health challenges, and ongoing consultation with parents' questions and concerns.

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Mr. Ben Knaebel Coordinator, 504 and School Psychology

Why I Do This Work: I have a passion for education and child development. This fuels my desire to coordinate the School Psychology and 504 programs in the CIty Schools of Decatur. I also am motivated to help parents navigate the strategies, supports and services offered through the City Schools of Decatur Department of Student Support Services. Witnessing the unique potential within every student inspires me to help foster supportive learning environments where all can thrive.

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Ms. Christie Bailey (she/her/hers)

Location: Oakhurst Elementary & College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center

Why I Do This Work: I love collaborating with students, families, and school-based teams to better understand a child's learning strengths and challenges. Celebrating all learners helps us to make a positive difference in education.

Phone: 404.371.3601 x1070

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M.A.

Ms. Kristen Plumeau Cheng

Location: Westchester Elementary & Decatur High School

Why I Do This Work: I love collaborating with students, families, and school-based teams to better understand a child's learning strengths and challenges. Celebrating all learners helps us to make a positive difference in education.

Phone: 404.371.3601 Ext 101

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Ed.D, NCSP

Dr. Geneel A. McKenzie

Location: Clairemont Elementary and 5th Avenue Upper Elementary

Why I Do This Work: I want to be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

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Ph.D., NCSP

Dr. Leslie Hart (She/Her/Hers)

Location: Winnona Park Elementary School & Talley Street Upper Elementary School

Why I Do This Work: To help every child to feel heard, celebrated, appreciated, and encouraged on their education journey.

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S.S.P. NCSP

Ms. Vickie Wingard

Location: Glennwood Elementary, Beacon Hill Middle School

Why I Do This Work: Helping children and their families is the most rewarding job I can think of.  Even when the work is challenging, the job is interesting and I am always learning, which I find extremely gratifying.  My hope is that we can teach our students to feel the same about their daily life experiences.