Hi there. I'm one of the speech-language pathologists (SLPs) here at Harding. For the past two years I have shared time at both Harding and Battle Creek Middle, and am now at the high school full time. I double-majored in Philosophy and Psychology at Bethel University, and before obtaining my M.A. in Speech-Language-Hearing at St. Cloud State University, I worked in the non-profit and mental health world.
Growing up as a person who stutters was not easy, but it has given me a keen sense of the positive impact that speech therapists can have in schools. My goal is to support and enhance the communication effectiveness of our students who have communication difficulties, including:
- receptive and expressive language difficulties
- social language
- AAC (augmentative and alternative communication)
SLPs have a range of responsibilities in helping students meet performance standards in the St. Paul district. These include prevention, assessment, and possible intervention for students whose communication disorder negatively impacts their ability to participate or be successful in the classroom. We also collaborate with teachers and families, consult with other professionals, and advocate for our students' needs.
Please feel free to connect with me. Thanks!