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Natia Tonge

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Natia Tonge

Milford, DE

Academic School

Social and Behavioral Sciences


New York

What are your career goals / academic goals?

My goal career was to become a school psychologist at a public education institution. I am now a school psychologist at a middle school in Dover, DE.

Why did you choose to pursue your graduate degree at Marist? Why did you choose to pursue this degree program?

I chose the Marist School Psychology program not only because it was close to home, but because of the diverse faculty and courses offered at the institution. 

Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development / academic development.


One course that was particularly important to both my academic and professional development was the Behavior Intervention course, which was taught by Dr. Stacy Williams. Within this course, we created a handbook that contained evidenced-based behavioral interventions that ended up being presented at the New York Association of School Psychologists Conference in the Fall of 2021. 

Tell us about a meaningful experience you had at Marist as it pertains to your degree (whether that be with a Professor, Marist service, Scholarship opportunity, etc.). 

Due to the knowledgeable faculty, wide range of resources, and the small, close-knit cohort, my time as a graduate student at Marist has been a meaningful experience. I know I made the right choice attending Marist College for my degree as I felt fully prepared to start my career as a school psychologist. 

What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing this degree at Marist?

One note of advice for students considering the School Psychology program at Marist is to bring a growth mindset into each class. The courses within this program challenge you to think outside the box yet prepare you for many issues you may be faced with as professional in this field.