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About shansenmspp

I am a second-year school psychology student. I completed my undergraduate degree at Macalester College, with majors in Sociology and Spanish. In addition, I have a master's degree in Public Affairs. I have worked as a language teacher in the U.S. and Latin America, and I speak Spanish and some Portuguese. I love reading, yoga, cooking, traveling, and hanging out with good friends. Oh, and playing with my impish rescue pup, Atlas.


I am writing to correct a statement made in an earlier blog post. The school psychology director’s scrumptious homemade dish of choice is not veggie lasagna, but spinach casserole. This is an important distinction. He is happy to give out … Continue reading

Time for trick-or-treating!

Next Wednesday, the tiniest walking shark in Boston will be knocking on my door in search of treats. My downstairs neighbor turned two this summer, and this is the first Halloween that he is old enough to “get” the idea … Continue reading

Pass the maple syrup, please.

The smell of frying oil enveloped me as I stepped into the central classroom of my school district’s alternative high school. One student flipped pancakes, while another wolfed down browned sausage links. Strawberries, whipped cream, maple syrup, and orange juice … Continue reading

From Type B to Type A?

Being a good listener, analyzing data, administering cognitive assessments, and negotiating with multiple parties are all key skills for a school psychologist, second only to knowing how to play UNO and keeping a sense of humor around surly teenagers. I … Continue reading

My Two Cents on Surviving Year One

The beginning of each school year in the school psychology department at MSPP includes a department lunch and meeting. Students and faculty gather to meet each other, discuss upcoming events, plan for the coming year, and of course, enjoy tasty … Continue reading

A New Start

Sometimes I still get lost on my way to class. And I’m not totally sure how to print pdf documents off my computer. I love the sunlight pouring in through the windows, though I wish we had a dedicated “school … Continue reading

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Nerd Alert!

I am officially a school psychology nerd. Tomorrow I will be giving a full cognitive assessment to a first grade student, and I’m excited! Who knew intelligence testing could be so thrilling? This will be my first full case to … Continue reading


Who’s bringing the popcorn?

School psychology is a relatively unknown field, and is certainly not often talked about in the popular media. There are T.V. shows, movies, and mini-series about teachers, principals, doctors, clinical psychologists, police officers, lawyers, politicians, chefs, models, and even tornado-chasers … Continue reading

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Turbo-charge the Vitamin C!

We are honing in on April break here at MSPP – which falls a mere 2 weeks before the end of the semester. While I had no specific plans for April break, a turn of events has changed that. I … Continue reading

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“Sometimes the road you choose is not what you expected…”

“Sometimes a starless night can leave you misdirected. Sometimes the road you choose is not what you expected.” – Red Molly, Summertime While it has taken me many years to admit it, I like folk music. A lot. Even folk … Continue reading

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