I am currently a school-based speech-language pathologist. Prior to working in the schools, I worked at a pediatric therapy clinic serving both acute and outpatient patients. I dabbled in providing services in SNF but found that it was not my passion in this wonderful field.
I am a very passionate person and this carries over in my teaching/therapy style. I often cry when a student correctly produces a target speech sound for the first time... and I'm not the least bit ashamed. We work hard and we celebrate success.
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I earned my first bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in reading instruction. While student teaching, I lost my voice at an alarming rate. While completing my student teaching, I met the school SLP and instantly knew what I wanted to do. I then went on to attain my 2nd B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders then completed my Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. The rest is history. :)
My life, and now my career, have been largely effected by the life and teachings of Mister Fred Rogers. As I move forward with my professional journey, my goal is to honor his legacy by teaching children through love. “You know, I think everybody longs to be loved, and longs to know that he or she is lovable. And, consequently, the greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they're loved and capable of loving.” -Mister Rogers In my personal life, roles I am most proud of include: sister, friend, daughter, dog-mom, Christian, and volleyball enthusiast. I greatly value all of these roles and spending energy in these areas helps me feel balanced and loved.