Position: Coordinator of Prevention Services
District: Loudon County Public Schools
Location: Ashburn, VA
Benjamin S. Fernandez, MS. Ed, completed his graduate studies in School Psychology at Bucknell University and has worked as a school psychologist in Pennsylvania and Virginia with 22 years of experience as a practitioner. Currently, he serves as the Coordinator of Prevention Services for Loudoun County Public Schools where he coordinates various psychological services and division wide mental health programs for general education and special education students. Mr. Fernandez also manages the coordination of crisis teams and the implementation of crisis intervention services. In addition to these duties, he is a PREPaRE WS1 and WS2 master trainer and is responsible for training school psychologists, school psychologist interns, school social workers, and school counselors for his division. Additionally, he has contributed to presentations, articles, books, and webinars related to youth suicide, PREPaRE, and school safety and crisis intervention. Mr. Fernandez conducts workshops on PREPaRE and trainings on school safety and crisis response on the local, state, and national levels. He has testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and Federal Commission on School Safety. In 2010, he was named School Psychologist of the Year by the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists and in 2012, he was named School Psychologist of the Year by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). In 2015 and 2018, Mr. Fernandez received the NASP Presidential Award. He also is a member and currently is professional development lead for NASP’s School Safety and Crisis Response Committee.