Student Ambassadors

Connect With a School Psychology Student

The School Psychology program is happy to support a Student Ambassador program to connect prospective students to current students as a resource during the admissions process.  

You can email your questions to SPSYambassadors@seattleu.edu. If you'd like to speak with a specific Student Ambassador listed below, be sure to address the email to them. 

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Katherine Dynes

After 20 years as a bookseller, I returned to college and completed my bachelor's and master's at Gonzaga University. However, after teaching for a few years in various K-12 settings, I now realize that my strengths and contributions within a school would be better applied as a school psychologist. A Seattle native, I live in Ballard and am currently enrolled in my first year of the program.

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Vivian Ha

Hi everyone! My name is Vivian (she/her) and I’m currently a second-year practicum student. I graduated from UW with a bachelor’s in psychology and plan to obtain my EdS next year. Outside of the program, I am a research assistant working with infants and preschoolers, as well as a school assistant at an elementary school. I have always loved working with kids and helping them to learn and grow, especially in the school setting. What I love about school psychology is that there are so many possibilities and chances to make an impact in children’s lives and setting them up for success.

I always enjoy meeting new people, so if you have any school psych-related questions, are curious about the program, or want to chat about anything, please feel free to reach out!

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Kelly Anne Jacka

My educational background is in marketing and fine arts; I currently manage a fine art frame shop, handling art for galleries, museums, and corporate/private collections. I discovered the field of school psychology through my desire to work with high school kids and work in mental health. I chose to pursue the career because it ties together my passion for helping others, creative problem solving, social justice, collaboration, and leadership. I am excited about being in a field that is changing and expanding as it aims to meet the needs of and support all students. My current goal is to work toward my doctorate after some time practicing in schools.

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Caitlyn McCloskey

I am currently about to enter my third quarter in the School Psychology program here at Seattle University. I chose to pursue school psychology because I love the multifacedness and flexibility that comes with this career. You are able to take an individualized approach with each and every student based on their learning needs - which is not only the most effective way of supporting their ​education, but it also allows you to become the best advocate for each individual child. I want to put myself in a position to create safe and equitable school environments through promoting change and culturally responsive practices.

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Michelle Nguyen

I am currently in my 2nd year of the School Psychology program. With a Bachelor’s in Anthropology as well as Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, I have worked extensively with students in a multitude of environments in different capacities. I am passionate about advocating for our most marginalized communities and working with students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. I hope to encourage more members of the BIPOC community to enter the School Psychology field and am looking forward to meeting others who are devoted to implementing more equitable practices in our school systems.

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Alex Sadot (she/her)

Hello prospective School Psych students! I am a 2nd year graduate student in the Seattle U School Psychology Program. I moved here from the east coast in 2014 and worked as a teacher in Seattle before joining this program. One thing I appreciate about this program is that every class is oriented towards social justice in the field. When I am not doing schoolwork, I enjoy being a cat mom to two energetic kittens, supporting the School Psychers (our student group) as the Vice President, and volunteering for the Seattle Theatre Group and 5th Avenue Theater. Feel free to reach out and ask me anything about the program!

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Sarah Thramer

I am currently in the internship portion of the program, almost ready to enter the profession. I am excited to apply my problem-solving skills and knowledge of learning and development to support students.

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