Yul Whitney: The PVUSD Psychologist
Former Superintendent of Palo Verde Unified School District, Yul Whitney has worked in the education field since graduating from college. His teaching qualifications range from special education and include in-depth studies in psychology which qualify him to counsel students, as well. Whitney carries life lessons that his parents instilled him as a child, into his scholastic duties. He believes that a person should take responsibility and pride in any tasks performed in their line of work. Whitney proves this with his actions and professional attitude when it comes to working in the Palo Verde Unified School District.
Today, Yul Whitney has been appointed as Psychologist for the Palo Verde Unified School District. The Palo Verde Unified School District Board of Trustees met and passed a vote, which was three to two, on the employment position of Whitney.
When an administrator has been employed to their position for three or more years per district, they are entitled to a ‘permanent employee’ tenure or status and are considered to be a certified employee on the condition that their contract is not renewed, or non-renewed. This is considered to be California Education Code. The Board of Trustees even went so far as to consult with the district attorney, and was advised that they should hire Whitney in the district. With Whitney’s background in psychology and considerable work with special needs children, he was considered an asset that would only bolster their scholastic endeavors.
Yul Whitney returned to the Palo Verde Unified School District and is currently working to help implement a new Anti-Bullying Plan. This plan has been adopted by the district to try and stop bullying and promote a friendlier learning environment. Bullying is something that can occur between students, and sometimes even students and teachers. Pursuing this more aggressive approach has led the district to put up signs on campus that reflect a no bully zone.
Whitney encourages students to contact him if they need counseling to deal with scholastic situations, bullying, or personal issues. Whitney has an open door policy that makes students, parents, teachers, and the community feels welcome and safe.