ACPS School Psychologists
School psychologists 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 that strengthen connections between home and school.
Learn more about ACPS school psychology services and find additional resources on the ACPS website.
Polk School Psychologist
Dr. Brianne Mintern
Dr. Brianne Mintern grew up in a small suburb outside of NYC before earning her BS in Human Development from Cornell University. She moved to Alexandria in 2012 as an Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) intern with an MEd in School Psychology from Penn State University. After securing a full-time position in the district the following year, she completed her PhD through Penn State and became a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Working in ACPS has provided her with invaluable opportunities for honing her expertise as a school psychologist. She appreciates the flexibility and perseverance required to practice in an urban/suburban district with preschool through high school students from diverse backgrounds.
At James K. Polk Elementary School, Dr. Mintern provides academic, behavioral, and social-emotional support for students in both general and special education settings. Specific responsibilities include individual and group counseling services, psychoeducational assessments for special education and gifted programs, and school-based prevention and intervention plans. She also consults and collaborates with staff, families, and the community and is a member of the crisis response team. Please feel free to contact Dr. Mintern with any questions or concerns that can be addressed by Polk’s School Support Team.