Who are KCS’ School Psychologists?

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Mrs. Lindsay Bennett

Lindsay Bennett grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and received her BS Psychology degree at Indiana University and her MS and SSP School Psychology degrees at Winthrop University. She worked in Fort Mill and Charlotte Mecklenburg School Districts prior to her employment with Kannapolis City Schools. She has been a practicing school psychologist since 2003 and employed with Kannapolis City Schools since 2013. Her special interests include preschool assessment and behavioral intervention. Lindsay is the lead school psychologist and is the direct supervisor to school psychologist interns. She currently serves on the Childfind team at McKnight Head Start and provides support to Kannapolis Middle School.

 

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Mrs. Taryn Burleson

Taryn is originally from New York, where she attended both undergraduate and graduate school. She graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and then from the College of Saint Rose in 2014 with an M.S. Ed. and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology. She is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Taryn has been practicing as a school psychologist since 2014 and has been working with KCS since 2017. She is the lead psychologist evaluator on the Autism Problem Solving Team in KCS. Ms. Winne’s special interests include neuropsychology, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). Taryn currently serves students at Shady Brook Elementary and Jackson Park Elementary.

 

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Mrs. Sharrice Aleshire

Sharrice Aleshire is originally from Illinois and received her M.S. Ed. degree in School Psychology from Western Illinois University in 2018. She is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). She has also been trained and certified to complete Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessments. She completed her internship at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School in 2018. She worked in Lincoln & Rowan-Salisbury County Schools before moving to KCS in November 2019. Her special interests in the field are Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), Trauma-Informed Care, counseling, Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), and Social-Emotional Learning. Sharrice currently serves students at Forest Park and North Kannapolis Elementary Schools.

 

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Mr. Marcio Leal

Marcio Leal, "Mr. Mars," was raised in the city of Philadelphia. For education and training, he attended the University of Pittsburgh for his Bachelor in Psychology and Philosophy and the University of Denver for his Education Specialist degree. He has worked with children in a number of settings including; in-home, clinic-based, and residential. His special interests include supporting Traumatic Brain Injuries and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD/AU). Marcio currently serves students at GW Carver Elementary and Fred L. Wilson Elementary.

 

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Ms. Claire McAlister

Claire McAlister was raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She received her B.S. in Psychology in 2020, and her M.A. and SSP in School Psychology in 2023, both from Appalachian State University. She gained practicum experience in Catawba County and Caldwell County schools and internship experience in Kannapolis City schools. Her special interests in the field include Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) practices. Claire currently serves students at A.L. Brown High School.

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Ms. Brooke Miller

Brooke Miller was raised in Wake Forest, North Carolina. After receiving her B.S. in Psychology at Appalachian State University in 2020, she continued there to complete her M.A. and S.S.P in School Psychology. Brooke will complete her M.A. and S.S.P in 2024. While completing her graduate coursework, Brooke served Cabarrus County Schools and Watauga County Schools. Brooke’s special interests include advocacy, behavioral interventions, and social emotional learning (SEL). Brooke currently serves students at Kannapolis Middle School.