I am a speech-language pathologist for a large middle school in Georgia with more than 20 years of experience. More than 15 of those years have been in public schools serving students from pre-k to high school. I have mentored student SLPs, served as LEA, had two terms on the school council as secretary, and lead RTI and SST teams. I continue to participate in SLP collaborative teams and have been lead SLP in private clinics. Contracting for nursing and rehabilitation facilities and hospitals provided me with invaluable experience. I continue to gain this type of experience on a prn basis, but my passion is working with middle school language impaired students.
If you have to give it a name I would say my therapy style is eclectic, dynamic and evolving. It has to evolve with SLPs' changing roles and responsibilities in the public schools and as we develop more evidence-based practices. I am enjoying creating materials that are easily differentiated with mixed groups. My mission is to make planning and therapy execution easier by providing flexible, rigorous, evidence-based materials that result in meaningful student outcomes.
I am nationally certified through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and certified in the state of Georgia. I subscribe to the ASHA SIG for School-Based Issues. My biggest reward is seeing my students transfer their therapy knowledge to real-world success!
I received a M.Ed. in speech pathology, special education from Valdosta State University in 1992. I later earned an Ed. S. in Education Leadership from Valdosta State University as well. Continuing education is extremely important to me. I am a bit nerdy and enjoy reading research in my field and applying it in my therapy sessions.
I am the one and only child to the two most wonderful parents in the world! They raised me in love and faith and taught me that the most valuable thing in life is to treat everyone with kindness, love and respect. I am married to a handsome hunk of a police major! He caught me rolling his best friend's car during our high school years and we've been together ever since. My most honored achievements are my two beautiful children. My sweet boy grew up way too fast, has a long list of academic and personal achievements, graduated salutatorian, and now attends Georgia Tech majoring in bio-molecular engineering. My free-spirited, keeps-me-on-my-toes little girl is a story all on her own! God had his hand in our family long ago. Our daughter was my student when I worked with pre-k and kindergarten. HIS plan worked perfectly even before we knew her. It's a story too long to tell here, but this wonderful girl was truly "God-sent". She agreed to become a part of this "Crazy Harris" family almost six years ago. We didn't realize how incomplete we were until she said, 'yes'. Only our two cats have added to our craziness since that day! One has definite obsessive tendencies and the other balances us out with his total "chill!" My belief system keeps me grounded and growing every day!