Who I Am
Polly Long started her career as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist licensed by the Ohio Department of Education. She spent years working in urban, suburban, and rural school districts. She conducted psycho-educational evaluations, provided evidence-based interventions, and consulted and advocated for students from diverse backgrounds (e.g. ability, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, religion, and social class).
Early in her career, Polly presented at National and International conferences on Restorative Justice and Equity in Education. In addition, she trained school districts and community organizations on Trauma-Informed Care and Social-Emotional Learning.
Although she enjoyed education and presentation, Polly knew her strengths lay in working directly with adolescents and young adults. So she pivoted. She became a Professional Level Educational Therapist and expanded her School Psychology license to include the Ohio Board of Psychology. At which point, Polly was able to expand her work outside of the traditional school setting.
“There are few school psychologists working outside of the education system; yet, there are many persons who benefit from our approach. Restorative Education is here to fill that gap and serve those persons. ”
Polly had a unique upbringing, having experienced nine out of ten Adverse Childhood Experiences. In addition to a previous diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, she was diagnosed with Dyslexia. Her family was and continues to be diverse in ability, race, orientation, religion, and social class.
Polly graduated from college and graduate school at the top of her class. She learned how to navigate her deficits in reading and created and sustains a loving community of friends and family. Most importantly, she found acceptance and growth in the face of unfavorable circumstances. She attributes these successes to taking a mind, body, and spirit approach to health and wellness.
“I often understand my clients because years of schooling have trained me to do so. I often empathize with my clients because my life experiences have allowed me to do so. With that, I honor this work and derive purpose from serving others.”
License Number: SP. 00674
Years in Practice: 7
School: University of Dayton