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Melanie Potyondy

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About Me

Short Personal Description: 

I grew up in Grand Junction, but have been a Front Range gal since I came across the mountains for college in 1998. I live in Fort Collins with my husband, two boys, and two cats. This is my fifteenth year as a school psychologist and fifth at Rocky. I am passionate about helping kids reach their goals and be their best selves!

Educational and Professional Background: 

  • B.S. Psychology, Colorado State University (2002)

  • Ph.D. School Psychology/Doctoral Minor Statistics , University of Northern Colorado (2009)

  • School Psychologist, Thompson School District (2007-2010)

  • School Psychologist/Mental Health Therapist, Saint Vrain Valley School District (2010-2015)

  • School Psychologist, Poudre School District (2015-Present)

What does the Lobo Way mean to me?: 

Showing respect and acceptance for students, staff, and families from all walks of life.

Interest & Hobbies: 

  • Spending time with family and friends

  • Exploring new restaurants

  • Taking walks

  • Fixing up my house

  • Playing music (violin and ukulele)

  • Studying Spanish

Honors & Awards: 

  • Colorado Department of Education Mental Health Advisory Committee (2020-2021)

  • Colorado Education Association Ambassador Fellowship (2020-2021)

  • Runner-Up School Psychologist of the Year - Colorado Society of School Psychologists (2019)

  • Outstanding Graduate Supervisor - University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Society of School Psychologists (2019)

  • Political Activist of the Year - Poudre Education Association (2019)

  • Boettcher Foundation Scholar (1998)

Favorite Quote: 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

-Nelson Mandela