A Well-Lit Path: A Blog from Westtown School

Maria Alonso & Jessica Morley

Dr. Maria Alonso, one of Westtown School’s Psychologists, is a Clinical Psychologist who has over 29 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families both in school settings and in her private practice. She has a specialty in the treatment of Eating Disorders and Trauma. Dr. Alonso has been a guest speaker at day schools and university settings in the Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York area and she has been featured on local, national and international television programs on a variety of topics related to child and adolescent development. She is deeply committed to creating school environments that nurture the development of the whole child including their physical, cognitive, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual selves. In keeping with her passion for creating thriving centers of learning, Dr. Alonso is founder of two Dual Language Immersion and Mindfulness schools in Delaware. Dr. Jessica Morley, one of Westtown School’s Psychologists, is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who specializes in school-based neuropsychological evaluation and consultation. Dr. Morley has extensive experience working with school teams and families of children and adolescents from preschool through the transition to college. Dr. Morley specializes in gaining an in-depth understanding of the neuropsychological profile of students in order to support parents and school teams in understanding the impact on academic and social-emotional development. Dr. Morley has presented at the national and local levels on topics related to the neuropsychological development of children and adolescents, provides professional development to school psychologists and school faculty across Chester County, and currently works as an adjunct professor in the school psychology graduate program at Immaculata University.

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Back to School Post-Pandemic: Tips to Prepare Your Child

Posted by Maria Alonso & Jessica Morley on June 30, 2021

As we look toward fall and what we all hope will be a “more normal” start of school, there is a sense of excitement as well as a sense of concern. Many children have been home for a full year or more and on top of the normal start-of-school jitters and butterflies, they have the added weight of post-pandemic re-entry fears. We asked our psychology team here at Westtown to share some advice to help children of all ages prepare for school this fall. 

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Topics: Inspiring the Best in Kids