MEET THE CLASS OF 2009!
My name is Rebecca Haderer. I am originally from Buffalo, NY and attended the University at Buffalo for my undergraduate study. I received my BA in English and Psychology. I decided to attend RIT because I liked how warm, friendly, and welcoming both the faculty and current students in the program were. I also saw the curriculum as challenging and was looking forward to getting into the schools right from the start of the program.
Hi! My name is Lynette DiBenedetto and I am originally from Cicero, NY, which is just outside of Syracuse. In December of 2005 I graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester, earning a BA in Psychology, a minor in Business Administration, and NYS teaching certification in general and special education for elementary and middle school students. Although I originally started looking for Masters programs outside of Central/Western NY, one of the main reasons I chose RIT was my fondness for the Rochester area. Additionally, I had heard wonderful things about the richness of and the connection between the theoretical and practical experiences able to be gained at RIT.
Hi, my name is Lisa Barzotto and I am from Tecumseh, Ontario (Canada). I attended the University of Windsor, Ontario, and received a BA (Hons.) degree in Psychology. I chose to attend RIT because the quality of faculty, staff, and students make the program a very collaborative and enriched learning environment. I was also impressed with the program's emphasis on applied learning, with practicum beginning in the first quarter. Another important reason I decided to attend RIT was because of the relevant, accessible, and helpful research going on.
My name is Laura Dutton. I am from Buffalo, NY and I attended Canisius College where I received my BA in Psychology. I chose RIT because I heard great things about the program. I also liked the fact that RIT gets us into the schools in our first year.
My name is Annie Coseo and I am from Elmira, NY. I attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY for an undergraduate degree in Psychology. I also had a minor in School Psychology. I chose the RIT program because not only is it NASP approved but I am also able to apply what I am learning in the classroom to my practicum experience. Many programs do not offer a practicum until the last years of study. Here, I am able to get experience in the field as a first year student.
My name is Pia Weston and I am originally from Long Island, NY. I attended the University of Rochester as an undergraduate and received a Bachelors of Arts degree in both Psychology and Italian Studies. I chose RIT's program because of the extensive amount of practicum experience it offered.
Hi, my name is Ashleigh Crumb. I am originally from Syracuse, NY. I attended Ithaca College for my undergraduate work where I earned my BA in Psychology. I chose to enroll at RIT for several reasons. The reputation of RIT was a major consideration in my decision. In the end, the hands on experience RIT allows with the practicum placements was the main reason I ended up choosing this school Not many other schools offer this characteristic, which is an amazing opportunity.
My name is Jessica Beck and I am from Macedon, NY. I received my undergraduate degree from SUNY Cortland, where I majored in Psychology and minored in Psychology of the Exceptional Child. I chose RIT because of its emphasis on practicum in the first two years and because of its reputation for being a very strong School Psychology program. Also, the faculty is great and is always willing to answer any questions you may have.
My name is Heather Benton and I am originally from Rochester, NY. I attended RIT for my undergraduate degree, and received my Bachelor’s in Psychology. I chose to continue my education here because I enjoy the quarter system and I liked the fact that on-site practicum began during the first quarter.
Hi, my name is Jennifer McCracken and I am from Rochester, NY. I completed my undergraduate degree at SUNY Brockport. I graduated with a BS in Psychology and a Childhood Education (1-6) teaching certification. I chose RIT’s graduate program in School Psychology because of the school’s positive reputation and the many practicum experiences it offered.
Hi, my name is Alison Senter and I am originally from Groton, NY. I received my AAS degree in Social Sciences at Tompkins-Cortland Community College. I then attended SUNY Oswego and earned a BS in Psychology. I chose RIT because I really liked that they started practicum in the first quarter and because the Rochester area offers so many diverse school sites.
Hi! My name is Melissa Zywocinski and I’m from Portland, Conneticut (just south of Hartford.) I attended Providence College in Rhode Island where I majored in Psychology and received a minor in Business Studies. I left New England to come to RIT for School Psychology because of its fantastic reputation and the warm welcome I received when I first visited. Beginning the practicum experience in the first quarter was a very important aspect of the program, as was the intensity of the program. Coming to RIT also gives me the opportunity to explore the great city of Rochester!
Hi, my name is Stephanie Reusch and I'm from Avon, NY. I graduated from SUNY Brockport, in the Spring of 2006, with my BS in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. I chose RIT because of the well-rounded School Psychology program they offer. Along with being NASP accredited, students are given a variety of practicum placements, allowing for the opportunity to explore different areas of the field.
Hi, my name is Kira Formicola. I am from Rochester, NY and attended SUNY Fredonia for my undergraduate career. I majored in both Psychology and English. RIT was my first choice for a variety of reasons. I like the focus on applied learning with the diverse practicum opportunities offered, and that RIT is NASP accredited. During my interview I was impressed with both the program and the faculty. So far I have had a great experience!
My name is Nicole Arnold, and I am from Fairport, NY. I received my undergraduate Psychology degree from Binghamton University, and I chose the School Psychology program at RIT because it is close to my family and friends, it offers a diverse range of practicum opportunities, and it is accredited by NASP. I also appreciate how caring and understanding the professors are to those who are raising a family!