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Loyola Puentes Fellowship

Loyola Puentes Fellowship

Comprehensive Preparation of School Psychologists to Support the Mental Health of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in the Cicero-Berwyn Community

 The Loyola University Chicago School Psychology Program has been awarded a five-year US Dept of Education Grant to prepare preservice bilingual and bicultural school psychologists through the Puentes Fellows Program. We also support and provide ongoing professional development with practicing school psychologists in our partner districts (Berwyn North Elementary District 98, Cicero Elementary District 99, and Morton High School District 201) to enhance the culturally relevant mental health services they provide with P-12 students in high needs schools.

We offer an opportunity for candidates admitted to Loyola's M.ed./Ed.S. School Psychology program to apply to the Puentes Fellows program. Through this program, Puentes Fellows will receive tuition coverage, a training stipend, and coverage of some fees (e.g., student development/technology).  Puentes Fellows will complete their practicum and internships in a partner district (contingent on available slots), and participate in monthly didactic seminars and a summer institute centered on culturally and linguistically responsive mental health support with bilingual and bicultural P-12 students. There will also be an opportunity to attend the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) annual convention in the second year of the program.  

Puentes Fellows will also support the delivery of a WorkForce Development Program to acquaint youth living in the Berwyn/Cicero community with possible school-based mental health careers at Youth Crossroads, a community mental health service agency in Berwyn. In addition, training opportunities will be available through school-based consultation tiered efforts with partner districts.

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Loyola's school psychology programs are committed to preparing future school psychologists through a close community of learners. Students in our program learn to collaborate with educators, parents, and community members in order to provide high-quality, effective academic, behavioral, and mental health support to PK-12 students.

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2023-2024 Puentes Fellows

Jacqueline Goldsmith-Buffington
Graduate Student

Jacqueline Goldsmith-Buffington

First Year

Graduate Student

Jasmine Gonzalez-Sandoval

First Year

Graduate Student

Celia Hernandez

First Year

Graduate Student

Felicia Hernandez

First Year

Graduate Student

Lizeth Torres

Second Year

Graduate Student

Isabel Santos

First Year

Graduate Student

Dayanara Padilla

Second Year

Assistant Professor

Ashley Mayworm

Full Professor

Pamela Fenning

Co-Program Chair for School Psychology