Phone: (256) 430-2751
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I have been a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) since 1979. I have had the opportunity to work in many settings including private practice, home health care, acute care, hospital in-patient and outpatient services and the public school setting. Work experience in these settings has molded my philosophy about how to practice my profession. In a school setting SLPs are trained to work with students to improve their speech, language and social language skills. The majority of my professional years have been spent in the public school setting working with preschool through high school age students. I have been with Madison City Schools since it became an independent school system in 1998 and am so blessed to be a Columbia Astro that I have postponed retirement for at least one more year.
While I love teaching, my deepest affections are for my wonderful husband, amazing children and beautiful grandchildren. My husband and I were married in 1979 and are the proud parents of three children, two daughters and a son. Our children were educated in Madison City Schools. Two of our children are teachers, one teaches secondary English and the other teaches third grade. Clearly “teacher blood” runs strong in our family. While I am certified to teach preschool through 12th grade, I love teaching in an elementary setting and would gladly work for hugs and "I love you" cards if I didn't need to save for retirement, anticipated sometime in the next few years. When we aren't working, we enjoy time gardening, reading, traveling and spending time at the lake with our family and our dogs.
Each day matters, we are not promised tomorrow so I believe we should make each day count. Children love to learn when we make it fun and when we show them how they can apply what they have learned. It is a privilege to work with children and shape their communication and thinking skills as they grow and mature. Children remind us that there is hope for the future and that honest humor is usually the best humor-they say some of the funniest things at school-sometimes about their families. Don't worry, I won't share your stories with anyone but you after your child has shared it with me! I consider it a blessing to partner with you to improve your child's communication skills. I will work diligently to keep all communication lines open with you because I am convinced that you are a pivotal player in insuring that your child excels.