Meet Our Staff


School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a post-Master’s degree program that includes a year-long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation and effective teaching. Although only state licensure is required to work as a School Psychologist in the state of Virginia, 5 of our school psychologists have their National Certification (NCSP) and 1 their Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). Portsmouth Public Schools Psychological Services is currently staffed by 10 full time school psychologists. 

 


Name
School Assignments
Thomas Byrnes, Ed.S., NCSP (Department Head) Churchland Elementary
Churchland High
Barbara H. Banze, Ed.S.

Brighton Elementary
Lakeview Elementary
Helps with Initial Preschool Evaluations (Mt. Hermon/ Emily Spong)

Dr. Diana Rexach, Ph. D.

Churchland Academy
William E. Waters Middle

Stephen D. Fannin, Ed.S.

Churchland Middle Cradock Middle
New Directions Center

Mona Foster, Ed.S, NCSP

Victory Elementary Churchland Preschool Olive Branch Preschool

Deboarh Mayes, Ed.S.

James Hurst Elementary
Woodrow Wilson High

Paula Shirk, M.S., C.A.G.S., NCSP

Simonsdale Elementary
Westhaven Elementary

Kelley Boone, Ed.S.,NCSP 

Churchland Primary & Intermediate
Douglass Park Elementary

Cherie S. Vaughan, M.S. Ed., LPC, Dip.C.F.C., NCSP

Hodges Manor Elementary
Park View Elementary I.C. Norcom High

Michaela McCracken, Ed.S. John Tyler Elementary Emily Spong Preschool Mt. Hermon Preschool

 School Psychologist Interns

Nina Jordan, Walden University
Donna Seeland, College of William and Mary