My interest in helping people with special needs came from my mother. She was initially an instructor of the hearing impaired and then worked as an overall special educator when I was in middle school. From spending time in her classrooms, I realized that I, too, wanted to work with people who had special needs in some way. This moved me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Texas State University – San Marcos.
After completing my bachelor’s degree, I worked to receive my assistant’s license in speech pathology. Then I went to Nacogdoches to purse my master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology at Stephen F Austin State University, while working as a graduate assistant in the Special Education Department.
After completing my master’s degree I returned to my home school district of Carrollton-Farmers Branch to work as a speech-language pathologist. I work with students of all ages with various speech, language and cognitive challenges, including children in need of alternative communication methods. Due to a desire to expand my experiences as a speech pathologist I joined the staff of Speech & Language Services of North Texas at the Plano clinic and have enjoyed helping children and families in that setting for several years now.
I love helping children of all ages become the best communicators they can be and through them I learn how to become a better communicator myself!