I am passionate about helping students succeed in reading and writing! As a little girl, I played "teacher" with my stuffed animals as students. By the time I was in fourth grade, my teachers were asking me to tutor classmates during recess. Similar peer tutoring opportunities continued all the way through high school, so pursuing a teaching-related career seemed only natural. Professionally, I have worked in early intervention programs, residential facilities for adults with special developmental needs, and all levels of educational settings, including leading an AAC diagnostic team at the university level. Private practice has been my favorite, since it has afforded me the opportunity to diversify my caseload and educational services, regardless of setting, reimbursement issues, or client age.
Hands-on activities are my favorite! I have also adapted many materials to a telepractice platform. Embedding literacy skills into all activities is my goal!
After being accepted into a combined Bachelor's/Master's program, I graduated with honors. The experiences I gained during that time were their own reward! I have been blessed with many adventures thanks to the wonderful clinical opportunities and outstanding mentors that were available to me during my training and beyond.
I studied special education at Eastern Michigan University, then transferred to Kent State University, where I obtained both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Speech-Language Pathology (on the same weekend!), with a minor in education that included methods courses and student teaching.
Along with my husband, Chris, a firefighter/paramedic and EMS educator, I have homeschooled our children since 2002. Over that time period, I have also had the privilege of mentoring homeschoolers and completing state-required assessments for local homeschooling families.