Gina M. Trolio, M.A., NCSP
As the school psychologist, Gina works collaboratively with teachers and school staff regarding specific behaviors and classroom functioning of our students. She conducts psychological testing of the students to identify and assess learning styles and cognitive abilities, as well as determine developmental and adaptive functioning levels. Then as a team, they develop interventions to support the teaching process to maximize learning and adjustment. In addition, she counsels students individually and in groups for targeted behaviors/emotional difficulties (e.g., anger management, testing or social anxiety).
“The community and collaborative team approach is what I like most about working at Summit.”
-Gina M. Trolio
Success to me is seen through our students. Seeing the growth and improvement each day of the students I work with. Each small success is so amazing to witness. We, at Summit, provide them with the tools and guide them through the process, but it is ultimately them who determine the outcome. For example, a student who struggles with getting up and going to school daily, uses one of the strategies he learned in counseling or with a staff member to help him get ready for school. Or a student who is very shy and struggles with social anxiety, initiates a conversation with a peer on their own for the first time. This may seem so small, but for that student, it took every ounce of effort to do. It took numerous counseling sessions, role playing, several failed attempts, to get there. That is a win! And Success is a series of small wins.
Each year, I am so overjoyed and proud of all the graduates because I know it wasn’t an easy road for them. It took a lot of hardwork, and determination to reach their goals.
Advice for Parents
The ultimate goal is to help your child become all they can be by building on your child’s strengths to help them reach their highest potential. That looks different for each individual. Your child will form their own path to success whatever that may be. So meet your child where he/she is and focus on all the progress they have made.