School Psychologists

Rebecca Erickson

Rebecca has been a school psychologist with the Jacksonville School District since August 2014.  This is her 11th year as a school psychologist.  She previously worked for the Southern Will County Cooperative for Special Education for 6 years.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, and she earned her Specialist in School Psychology degree from Western Illinois University. She has also earned a Type 75 certification in Education Leadership from Aurora University. Rebecca is assigned to Eisenhower Elementary, North Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Westfair Christian Academy, and Hope Learning Academy.  

You can contact her at rerickson@jsd117.org or (217) 243-7402.

Abby Cathers

Abby is a third year graduate student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is completing her internship year under Rebecca Erickson in the Jacksonville School District during this academic year. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Illinois College, and she earned her Masters degree in School Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She will complete her Specialist degree following this academic year. Abby is assigned to Eisenhower Elementary, North Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary.

You can contact her at awolter@jsd117.org.

Shannon Folker

Shannon Folker, School Psychologist at Jacksonville Middle School and Garrison Alternative School.  I have been a school psychologist since 1995.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology as well as my Specialist Degree in School Psychology at Eastern Illinois University.  I was employed at Mid-State Special Education in Taylorville, Illinois from 1995-1997.  I then became the Early Childhood Clinic Psychologist for Four Rivers Special Education District in Jacksonville, Illinois from 1997-2002.  I then became a school psychologist for Jacksonville School District 117 in Jacksonville, Illinois from 2002 until present time.  I also earned a Type 75 certification in Educational Administration from University of Illinois at Springfield in 2012.

If you need to reach me, you can contact me through email at sfolker@jsd117.org or by calling Jacksonville Middle School at 217-243-3383.

Amy Fortae

My dad is a school psychologist.  Being an eternal daddy’s girl, when people asked me as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I ALWAYS said that I wanted to be a school psychologist (even though I didn’t really know what they did – lol).  Fast forward several years to Fontbonne College where I received my Bachelor of Science in Human Services and I actually was fascinated with the study of psychology!  I continued studying psychology at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville where I earned my Master of Science and Specialist in School Psychology degrees.  I always loved school – if I could afford it I’d be a perpetual student! So what better way to merge my passions – psychology & school – than to become a school psychologist!! I have been practicing school psychology since 1998. So…in the end my childhood musings proved prophetic.  I am now the 2nd generation of school psychologists in my family.  I started my employment at Kaskaskia Special Education District in Centralia, IL from 1998-1999.  I then moved to Springfield, IL where I worked for Sangamon Area Special Education District (SASED) from 1999-2009 at which time Rochester School District split from the SASED special education cooperative.  I remained with Rochester until July 2018.  At the present time I am assigned primarily to Jacksonville High School as well as Routt Catholic High School, Our Savior Catholic Grade School, and Salem Lutheran School.  If you need to reach me you can contact me through email at afortae@jsd117.org or by calling Jacksonville High School 217-243-4384.

Amanda Howell

Amanda is starting her 5th year as a school psychologist. She has been a school psychologist with the Jacksonville School District since August 2014 where she’s resided her whole professional career thus far. She interned previously at Four Rivers Special Education District. Amanda earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Illinois College. She then went on to attend the University of Dayton where she obtained both her Master’s in Education (M.S.E.) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology. Amanda is assigned to Murrayville-Woodson Elementary, South Elementary, and Washington Elementary. She can be reached at ahowell@jsd117.org or 217-243-7402.