Morgan Robledo is a 2010 Lufkin High School graduate who works for the district as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). She received her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Texas A&M University in 2014 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in School Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University.
As an LSSP Intern, she spends most of her time on campuses evaluating students for emotional/behavioral disabilities to determine if Special Education services are needed.
“I also consult with campus staff to collaboratively plan behavior supports that are evidence-based and proven to be effective for students who are struggling at school. Other aspects of my job include writing evaluation reports and developing individualized education plans for students receiving Special Education services,” said Mrs. Robledo.
Her experience as a Special Education teacher inspired her to pursue her master’s degree in School Psychology.
“I loved every minute of being in the classroom, and found so much joy in seeing my students with disabilities make progress both academically and behaviorally. I was also blessed to always be surrounded by veteran administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals who were so patient with me as I learned how to lead my own classroom. I owe so much of my knowledge and passion for this profession to the many individuals who mentored, motivated, and challenged me along the way,” said Mrs. Robledo.
Mrs. Robledo explained that “AHA” moments make it worth it.
“As a classroom teacher, I always gravitated toward the students who struggled emotionally or behaviorally at school. It sounds counterintuitive, but I found that the more challenging a student’s behaviors were, the more excited I was to come to school each day! Nothing is more satisfying than that “AHA!” moment when you figure out what is triggering a student to behave a certain way. However, I quickly realized that I wanted to be able to reach more students in our district, as well as help other teachers find that same passion for approaching challenging behaviors – and School Psychology seemed like the best way to utilize my skill set and be of service to others,” said Mrs. Robledo.
“Morgan is a critical member of the Special Services Assessment team; she is the only full-time LSSP (in training) on staff. Before joining us at DEC, she was a PPCD teacher at Herty, sensory teacher at LHS and ARD Facilitator at LHS. She joined Special Services in 20-21 as an ARD Facilitator. Morgan is completing her internship year, while finishing up her 60-hour master’s program to become a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. LSSPs are licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) and not TEA,” said Kim Kassaw, Executive Director of Special Programs.
In her spare time, Robledo enjoys spending time traveling with her husband and her dog. She will soon be adding another traveling companion to the mix.
“We were married in Boulder, Colorado in 2019, and recently explored the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii! Our bucket list includes visiting all 50 states with our precious doggo, Charlie. A new addition to our family will be arriving in February 2022, and we are excited to make new family traditions with our baby girl!” said Mrs. Robledo.
“She is one of two district CPI instructors; and contributes to the Behavior Basics flyer that can be accessed from the LISD homepage. We are grateful to have her working with us in this capacity,” said Mrs. Kassaw.
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