New psychologist comes home to support alma mater
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Harmony Rivera is the new school psychologist at Southwest High School, where she helps the students of Southwest with their school or personal problems, gives them advice, and is a caring person for them.
Rivera got her bachelor’s degree in science with high honor at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004. In 2007, she got her master’s degree in education at Alliant International University.
She graduated here at Southwest and Rivera was very involved in the school. She was in Mock Trial, Associated Student Body and the swim team.
Rivera said Southwest was an amazing school.
Rivera enjoys working with kids which was the main reason she became a school psychologist.
She said, “I have a connection with kids. I wanted to learn how to help them, and learn how they think and I choose to work as a school psychologist because support for them would immediately be available.”
Catherine Drew, an English 12 teacher at Southwest who was also Rivera’s English teacher and coach for Mock Trial, said she sees her as a great person and student.
Drew said, “She is wicked smart, very compassionate, understanding and very beautiful.”
During teenage years, Rivera was an excellent student in the eyes of Drew.
She said, “As a teenager, Harmony was not a silly girl. She was smiling all the time and was willing to work until midnight. She wouldn’t let any roadblocks get in her way.”
Still to this day, Rivera will not let roadblocks get in her way of her life and helping students. Robert Cruz is a junior at Southwest High School and loves writing and playing first-person shooter games.
Psychologist Harmony Rivera poses next to her college degrees in her office at Southwest High School.