Moore County's School Psychologists page

School Psychologists

School psychologists are highly trained professionals in both education and psychology. They help children and youth succeed academically, socially and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents and other professionals to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.

School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation and use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems. School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents regarding effective teaching and learning strategies, effective techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, abuse of drugs and other substances and preventing and managing crises.

In addition, most school psychologists provide the following services:


  • Collaborate with teachers, parents and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems;

  • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior; and

  • Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents and service providers in the community.

  • Evaluate eligibility for special services;

  • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning;

  • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status; and

  • Evaluate learning environments.

Research and Planning
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs;

  • Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools; and

  • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.

For more information contact your school psychologist from the list below.

Holly Appanaitis

Cameron Elementary

Crain's Creek Middle

Sandhills Farmlife Elementary

Kristi Baker

West Pine Elementary

West Pine Middle

Courtney Broadbent

Union Pines High

Vass Lakeview Elementary

Maria Cain

Robbins Elementary

Elise Middle

Meg Coleman

CLC Pinckney

Pinecrest High

Morgan Strickland

Aberdeen Primary

Aberdeen Elementary

Chrissy Osmar

Pinehurst Elementary

West End Elementary

Marisa Perez

Highfalls Elementary

Southern Middle

Bev Rouse

New Century Middle

North Moore High

Michelle Samuels

Southern Pines Elementary

Southern Pines Primary

Hanna Leong

Carthage Elementary

Westmoore Elementary


Renee Bustos Laughlin


Other information related to school psychology can be obtain through the North Carolina School Psychology Association and the National Association of School Psychologists.

  • Moore County Schools
  • 5277 Hwy. 15-501 South, Carthage, NC 28327
  • 910-947-2976
  • 910-947-3011
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