UHV alumna supports students as licensed specialist in school psychology – Victoria Advocate

From a very young age, Kelsey Schuenemann knew she wanted to work with children and adolescents who were struggling.

And after earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2008 from the University of Houston-Victoria, she spent the next five years pursuing job opportunities across the juvenile mental health field at Gulf Bend Center, juvenile probation services, Child Protective Services, and Mid-Coast Family Services. She held titles that included case manager, family services worker and youth prevention specialist, but none seemed quite right.

“They were all positions I learned from,” Schuenemann said. “None were the exact right fit, so in 2013, I finally went into education.”

Schuenemann obtained her alternative teacher certification through UHV and began teaching fourth grade at Hopkins Elementary in Victoria. As she watched her students struggle in developmental, academic, emotional and behavioral areas, Schuenemann realized that was her true calling.

“It pulled at my heart and