Ms. Debrunner grew up in Illinois in Champaign - Urbana, location of the University of Illinois. Ms. Debrunner's family immigrated to the United States a few years before she was born. Her dad was a professor at U of I for more than 30 years. All of Ms. Debrunner's family has spent some part of their careers teaching and educating. Ms. Debrunner attended U of I, then went to Texas A & M University for a masters in Counseling, and finally to the University of Northern Colorado to finish her doctorate in School Psychology. Ms. Debrunner has been working as a School Psychologist since 1995, and loves working with children and families.
School Psychologists work to reduce barriers to student learning in the academic setting. Social, emotional, and behavioral student difficulties may be addressed by school psychologists. School psychologists are not therapists in the school setting, rather, they work to minimize interferences students manifest so as to able to access the educational setting and instruction. Therefore, short term intensive interventions are designed in the school setting to help students go to class, stay in class, pay attention and complete school work are a primary focus. School Psychologists also help identify students with disabilities and assess progress of students identified with disabilities to maximize social and academic functioning in the school, community and future work settings.