I'm finishing my 15th year as a speech path in Illinois! I've worked in urban, suburban, and rural locations across three different school districts, but the majority of my work experience has been in Chicago Public Schools. I speak Spanish so that's my favorite thing to do in speech! Little known fact: I worked at Kraft Foods for four years before returning to school to be a speech-language pathologist! :)
My goal is to encourage expressive communication and to develop oral language. My teaching style focuses on having students feel comfortable so that they talk as much as possible. They need to feel at ease communicating and sharing their their thoughts and opinions.
In graduate school I received scholarships for academic achievement and I was the president of NSSLHA.
Currently I'm working towards my Ed.S in curriculum and instruction with a focus on ESL/Bilingual from National Louis University (in 2022!). Back in 2006 I earned my MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to that in 1999 I earned my BA in Spanish with a minor in Business at University of Wisconsin - Madison.
I'm a mom to two little boys and one very big black Lab mix! I'm married and I live in Illinois. I was born in Australia, but I consider Wisconsin to be my home state. I blog at: Speech is Beautiful.com Grab yourself some freebies right in your email inbox by clicking here and subscribing to my newsletter: Speech is Beautiful Newsletter I'm also on: Facebook/ Pinterest / Instagram Thanks so much!
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