I am a Speech-Language Pathologist with 13 years of experience working in a variety of settings. I've worked with students of all age levels, but feel especially passionate about working with the pre-school and middle school age students. I've found that over the years, I've been especially interested in and have the most experience in the following areas: Social Pragmatics, Executive Functions, Expressive Language (Sequencing/Cohesion), Vocabulary Enrichment (Tier II words), and Reading Comprehension Functional and Play Based Therapy
I enjoy creating speech therapy and curriculum materials that incorporate creative ideas, include humor, encourage language "play" and allow students to have a say in the direction of their learning. By incorporating these elements in my lessons, students become intrinsically motivated to participate and learn, which in return, maximizes student progress and deepens their understandings. The additional benefit is that therapy and classroom activities are FUN and not boring!
Presenter at GISA (Georgia Independent School Association) Convention in 2011: VocabYOUlary: Building Vocabulary Through Creative Expression Presenter at GISA (Georgia Independent School Association) Convention in 2013: The Sneaky School: Creative Curriculum Ideas to Motivate and Engage Students Presenter at GISA (Georgia Independent School Association) Convention in 2014: The Voices in Your Head: A practical approach to help students become independent thinkers and organized problem solvers Co-presenter at The Howard School's Howard Institute Summer 2015: The Voices in Your Head: Building Executive Functions Through Metacognitive Self Talk Presenter at Carolina Pediatric Therapy in Asheville, North Carolina 2016: Social Skills Instruction: A Unique Approach
Undergraduate Degree in Communication Science & Disorders at the University of Georgia 2002, Masters of Education Degree in Communication Science & Disorders at Valdosta State University 2004 North Carolina State Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist/ Nationally Certified through ASHA- Hold and maintain a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs)
Authors and books that inspire me: A Whole New Mind and Drive by Daniel Pink, Out of Our Minds and The Element by Sir Ken Robinson, and Linchpin by Seth Godin, Ungifted by Scott Barry Kaufman, Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Music, Special Education, Communication Disorders, Curriculum & Instruction, Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Professional Development, School Counseling, Psychology, Character Education, Family Consumer Sciences, Problem Solving, Writing, Oral Communication, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Speech Therapy, For All Subjects, Occupational Therapy, Vocational Education, Early Intervention, School Psychology, Phonics, Close Reading