The Story Behind Schoolpsych.com

Fall 2012 – Inspiration

I didn’t truly understand how busy school psychologists were until practicum year of graduate school in the Boston Public Schools.  Nonetheless, my supervisor who was swarmed with evaluations, still made time for additional (not mandatory) parts of the job such as counseling, prevention, and consultation.  In order to do this came a heavy sacrifice- she would spend endless hours outside of school hours report writing.  She did and continues to do amazing work for students.  But I also observed that other school psychologists couldn’t afford to put in the amount of hours outside of work that my supervisor did.  Many were solely testing because they were too swamped with evaluations.  As a result of my practicum experience, I was inspired to find a way to help school psychologists save time, so they could refocus their time and energy back into helping more children.

Spring 2013 – Imagination

I began imagining a report writing software that would not only make report writing faster, but also conform to each and every school psychologist’s writing style.

Summer 2013 – Humiliation

The summer between practicum and internship, I spent 100+ hours learning code in an attempt to make a user-friendly report writing software program for school psychologists, but I was failing miserably.

Summer 2013 – Consultation

I consulted with three computer engineering friends who gave me about 10 different ideas of how to program a report writing software, and one mentioned how Macros on Excel are extremely powerful and may be able to help.

Fall 2013 – Reincarnation

After about another month or two of attempting to build a software program, I started watching Youtube videos on what Microsoft Excel could do, and soon realized that everything I imagined could be done using Microsoft Excel.

December 2013 – Elation. Oh my God. Elation.

After a year of getting nowhere, I had my first big breakthrough.  Over Christmas Break of 2013 (my internship year), I made my first Excel template, copying the WAIS-IV scoring assistant into Excel and linking it to Word.  I thought for sure that with the 30-40 links I made, I was going to crash Microsoft Word… but it didn’t.  It worked like a charm.  I immediately made one for the WIAT-III, which worked just as well.  Oh my God, I thought, did I just invent something?  Does anyone else know about this?

Spring 2013 – Implementation

I came back to my internship with a genuine excitement. I was completing extremely thorough reports at a much faster pace, which helped me take on a bigger role in helping more students. I was living out my dream and it was working.

The hard work paid off and I got the job I was hoping for- Clark County School District in Nevada. A school district with extremely well-developed RTI and PBIS programs, two primary interests of mine.

August 2014 – Motivation

Like every first-year school psychologist, I was so motivated to go above and beyond in my job.  Then it hits you.  The heavy workload in addition to learning the specifics of the job can be taxing.  If it hadn’t been for my Excel templates, I never would’ve been able to take on the role that I did.  I became largely involved in the PBIS and RTI teams at both of my schools.  Additionally, I became President of the Nevada Association of School Psychologists within three months of working there.

After seeing how well this worked I was resolute on making tutorials to show this to every school psychologist- thus came the inception of schoolpsych.com

Fall 2014 – Education

I decided that if I was going to teach other school psychologists, I needed to master my trade meaning a lot of nights and weekends simply alienating myself to learn everything I could about Excel.

Spring 2015 – Aggravation/Determination

There were many obstacles and aggravations along the way, but I was determined to keep at it, and it forced me to find solutions, which resulted in more enhanced techniques.

June 2015 – Anticipation

The last week leading up to the release of schoolpsych.com, I was excited, but I was also very anxious that it would be poorly received.  I had no idea what people would think of the idea to use Excel to write reports.

June 2015 – Retaliation

I continued to remind myself that this has been working for me for a year and a half now.  It will work for others too.

July 1st 2015 – Appreciation

With this new courage and decreased amount of anxiety, I suddenly felt extremely grateful for the opportunity to share this idea with school psychologists worldwide after 2+ years of work.

July 2nd – My Creation

Schoolpsych.com

Welcome and enjoy.  If this website and it’s tutorials do end up saving you time, my only request is that you refocus that time and energy back into helping more children.

2017 Update: Schoolpsych.com is now a NASP-Approved Provider creating insightful, practical webinars for school psychologists.

 

By Tim McIvor, Founder of Schoolpsych.com

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Tim,

    I could not be more proud of you if I tried! It is great to see you having such a HUGE impact that will in turn benefit so many students! Kudos to you, Tim. Thanks for connecting on Linkedin. Let’s keep in touch.

    Paulyn

    1. Thanks Mrs. Church,
      If people want to know the full story behind schoolpsych.com, it would start with my AP Psychology teacher back in high school. 🙂 You helped me develop a strong passion for psychology.
      Thank you and definitely keep in touch,
      Tim

  2. Hello Tim! Fantastic work! Like most school psychs, I have been through a similar experience with workload and paperwork. I have been trying to do some of the same things in Excel for the past couple of years, but my work is not nearly as comprehensive or as accomplished as yours! You’ve saved me a lot of time. Great work and thanks so much for sharing the fruits of your labor!

    1. Thanks Eric,
      Happy I could help!
      Tim

    1. Thanks for posting 🙂

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