With the transition to the new building, Franklin is joined by new faculty members. Among the new staff is Megan Moyer, Franklin’s new School Psychologist. Moyer is grateful for the unique experience of joining the community during this transition and appreciates the welcoming and dedicated environment.
“Students feel more valued,” Moyer said in regards to the new building. “I think everyone has a renewed sense of hope and that’s a thing we need right now.”
Having grown up in Silverton, Moyer is a 5th generation Oregonian. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Linfield College, before attending graduate school at Lewis and Clark. Prior to her job at Franklin, Moyer spent seven years as the School Psychologist at Wilson High School. She first got into the field in college through “Upward Bound,” a program which works to support students from low-income families in preparing for post-secondary education. As the first person in her family to go to college, Moyer understands the challenges and strives to be an advocate for students.
When Moyer isn’t working, she’s with her two sons. At five and two and a half years old, they take up the majority of her time. She also enjoys gardening and being outside.
“Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health,” Moyer explained. She aims to create an environment where students can prioritize their mental health and still succeed in school. She believes in breaking down stereotypes of what therapists are, and encourages students to challenge themselves and question their previously held beliefs. Overall, Moyer’s presence provides an important resource to the Franklin community.
“Ultimately, I think it’s all about connecting students to their learning,” Moyer explained in regards to her role as the School Psychologist. “And that’s the most important thing.”