Degrees and Certifications:
*M.Ed. School Counseling *Professional School Counselor *CATP: Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional *AHH Animals and Human Health - Animal-Assisted Therapy *ASCA: Grief & Loss Specialist Trauma & Crisis Management Specialist
M. Kim Pruitt
My experience in education spans 27+ years while working with students PreK-12 in both Arizona and Texas. I began my teaching career at the high school level followed by junior high and elementary levels. I have taught science, Spanish, P.E., health, Gifted & Talented, and English as a Second Language, as well as coached both boys and girls sports. I am a 2014 graduate of Lamar University with a Master of Education in School Counseling and a 1992 graduate of Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Forestry. I hold Texas Certification in School Counseling, Science, and English as a Second Language. I am certified as a Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I have certification in Animals and Human Health through the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.
My dogs and "Co-Counselors," "Story" (Golden Retriever) and "Remy" (Australian Shepherd), are members of our WISD staff. The dogs have been trained and are registered as therapy animals with Intermountain Therapy Animals and affiliate group Pets With A Mission. We offer Animal-Assisted Intervention (AAI) as part of our comprehensive counseling program. We have an additional certification for the R.E.A.D® program (Reading Education Assistance Dogs). Please link to the dogs' pages for more information. I also share my life with horses and have training in Equine-Assisted Interventions.
I enjoy research and advocacy of AAI and enjoy presenting at the local, regional, state, and national levels to others in the counseling profession. I also am a Director on the Alumni Board and the Department of Counseling and Special Populations Board for Lamar University.
Please contact me at any time!