School Psychology Services

Wayne County Public Schools currently employs 6 full-time school psychologists, 1 part-time psychologist, and an intern from East Carolina University.  As school psychologists, we serve WCPS in a variety of roles which often differ based upon the needs of our individual schools.  Our most common roles and responsibilities include conducting evaluations to aid in determining eligibility for services from Exceptional Children Programs, consulting and collaborating with other school staff and parents regarding the well-being of students both behaviorally and academically, responding as part of the county's crisis response team, and helping schools implement the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) initiative. 
This webpage has been developed to help provide information to both parents and other school personnel regarding disabilities and related resources. Please feel free to look through the categories linked on the left side of the page to learn more.  For any questions, concerns, or comments on the materials provided, please contact the psychology department
School Psychological Services
Attn: EC Department
300 Dixie Trail, Building O
Goldsboro, NC 27530
tel: (919) 580-3662
fax: (919) 736-5030

Meet the WCPS School Psychologists

Amanda Hessel
Amanda Hessel graduated with her Bachelor of Science  in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services from Appalachian State University. She then earned her Masters in School Psychology from East Carolina University in 2010. She received her Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Psychology from East Carolina University in May, 2011. This is Amanda's 10th year as a school psychologist. She currently serves Carver Heights Elementary and Meadow Lane Elementary. She also serves as a consulting psychologist for Eastern Wayne Middle and Wayne Middle/High Academy. She supervises one school psychology intern and is also a TBI Approved provider in NC. Amanda loves long walks on the beach, avocado toast, and rescue dogs. 

Bethany Sutton
Bethany earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina State University in 2014. Bethany then attended East Carolina University where she earned her Masters of Science in Psychology in 2016 and her Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology in 2017. In her final year of graduate school, Bethany chose Wayne County as her internship placement. This is Bethany's 5th year working as a school psychologist in Wayne County Public Schools.  Bethany currently serves Carver Elementary School, Eastern Wayne Elementary School, and Mount Olive Middle School. She is also a consulting psychologist for Grantham Middle School, Spring Creek Middle School, and CB Aycock High School.

Arron Umberger
Arron was born and raised in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. In 2016, he earned his Bachelors of Arts in Social Science with a concentration in Psychology from Bluefield State College in Bluefield, WV. Arron then attended Radford University in Radford, Virginia, where he earned his Master of Science in Psychology in 2017 and his Educational Specialist in School Psychology in 2019. In his final year of graduate school, Arron chose Wayne County as his internship placement. After a year of full-time experience as an intern, Arron fell in love with his WCPS colleagues and community, leading him to remain in Wayne County. Arron is  currently in his second year of fully-licensed service with WCPS. He serves Fremont STARS Elementary and Northeast Elementary. He is also a consulting psychologist for Brogden Middle, Norwayne Middle, and Rosewood High School. Arron is a foodie with a passion for electronic media.He loves to cook and try new things any time he can. He also has a strong love for music and film (and his inner child still loves video games). 

Amy Ivey 
Amy Ivey graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She then earned her Masters and Certificate of Advanced Studies from East Carolina University for School Psychology.  She currently serves preschool children ranging in age from 2 and a half years up to 6 years of age.  Amy is certified in DIBELS trainings and has an Assistive Technology Assessment Certificate.

Meredith Cox
Meredith is a Wayne County native who graduated from Southern Wayne High School in 2000. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from N.C. State University in 2004 (Go Wolfpack!). Meredith then attended East Carolina University where she earned her Masters of Arts in Psychology in 2007 and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology in 2008. Meredith worked for the Onslow County School System for several years before returning back home in January of 2019 to work for Wayne County Public Schools. Meredith currently serves Grantham Elementary and Southern Wayne High. She is also the consulting psychologist for Rosewood Middle School. Her favorite delicacy is canned chicken.

Monica Ruiz
Mrs. Monica Ruiz is a School Psychologist for Wayne County Public Schools, where she has served in that capacity since August of 1996.  She graduated from East Carolina University in 1994, with a Bachelors degree in Psychology.  She earned her Masters degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology from East Carolina University in 1997.  She has been a Licensed Psychological Associate since 1998.  Mrs. Ruiz is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who currently serves Tommy's Road Elementary and Eastern Wayne High School. She also serves as a consulting psychologist for Dillard Middle, Goldsboro High, Wayne Early/Middle College High, and Wayne School of Engineering. In addition to those roles, Mrs. Ruiz supervises practicum students and interns from East Carolina University and University of Mount Olive.

Racheal Gliniak
Racheal is a nationally certified school psychologist that has taken the leap to join Wayne County Public Schools this year! She is bringing 7 years on experience in NC public schools and a passion for the profession with her. She will be serving Brogden Primary and Spring Creek Elementary this year. In her free time (that exists in th evenings after wrangling five children, three dogs, and a cat) she enjoys reading and taking photographs. Racheal enjoys volunteering and is passionate about school safety/crisis response, mental health, and behavioral supports. 

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