New psy­chol­o­gist comes home to sup­port alma mater

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT CRUZ South­west High School stu­dent

EDITOR’S NOTE Sev­eral schools around the Im­pe­rial Val­ley elect to par­tic­i­pate in IV High. Out of the stu­dent ar­ti­cles sub­mit­ted for to­day’s pub­li­ca­tion, IVP staff de­ter­mined this to be the high­est-qual­ity work. See B7 to read more IV High ar­ti­cles.

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.

ROBERT CRUZ PHOTO

Psy­chol­o­gist Har­mony Rivera poses next to her col­lege de­grees in her of­fice at South­west High School.

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