Current Schedule:

Creekside Elementary: Wednesday & Thursday 425-837-5248

                                                               

About Me

 

I am so excited to be back for my sixth year as Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at Creekside Elementary!  I was born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, then spent the beginning of my career teaching near Rochester, Minnesota.  This is my seventh year with the Issaquah School District serving students in kindergarten through 8th grade.  I live in Sammamish, WA with my husband, Gene, daughters, Avery and Stephanie, and our adorable goldendoodle named Brody.

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are professionals who are responsible for evaluating and treating children with challenges in speech and language. 

Speech and language skills are essential to academic success and learning.  Learning takes place through the process of communication and the ability to communicate with peers and adults in the educational setting is important in order to achieve success. Some children who are experiencing problems with reading, writing, gesturing, listening, or speaking at school, may have a speech-language disorder.  Some examples of these disorders include:

  • Speech sound disorders- difficulty pronouncing sounds (articulation)
  • Language disorders- difficulty understanding what they hear as well as expressing themselves with words
  • Cognitive-communication disorders- difficulty with thinking skills including perception, memory, awareness, reasoning, judgment, intellect and imagination
  • Stuttering (fluency) disorders- interruption of the flow of speech that may include hesitations, repetitions, prolongations of sounds or words (i.e. stuttering)
  • Voice disorders- quality of voice that may include hoarseness, nasality, volume (too loud or too soft)

Speech Language Pathologists are required to have a Master’s Degree and an Educational Staff Associate state certificate.  Most of the Speech-Language Pathologists in the Issaquah School District are also members of our professional organization, the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).  Membership in ASHA requires an additional year of supervised clinical practice beyond the master’s degree.  Many of the Speech and Language Pathologists in the Issaquah School District also have state licensure through the Department of Health. To maintain our credentials SLPs take continuing education classes.

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWSLETTER

Please click the link below for our monthly special education newsletter by month (newer toward the bottom).

September, 2018

October, 2018
 
              Trick or Treat Communication Cards
 
              Halloween Sensory Tips

November-December, 2018

January-February, 2019

March-April, 2019

May-June, 2019

Calendar

 

The following are important dates to know for the 2017-2018 school year:

First Day of School: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Vision and Hearing Screening: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

School Holidays:

  • Oct 8: Teacher Work Day 
  • Nov 12: Veterans Day 
  • Nov 22-23: Thanksgiving holiday
  • Dec 5&6: Elementary conferences
  • Dec 20-Jan 1: First Winter Break
  • Jan 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Jan. 28: Teacher Work Day 
  • Feb 18‐22: Presidents Day/Second Winter Break
  • Apr 8-12: Spring Break
  • May 27: Memorial Day 

ISD SLP Meetings: I will be unavailable after 1:30pm on the following Wednesday afternoons: September 12; October 10; November 7; December 12; January 9; February 13; March 13; April 3; May 15                        

Last Day of School: Thursday, June 27, 2019

 

 

For students currently receiving Special Education services:

  • Progress reports come home with report cards three times per year for elementary and middle school.
  • If you would like to discuss your student's progress or program at another time, please contact me and we can set up an appointment!

For students not currently receiving Special Education services: Regardless of special education status, I am still available for consultation.  There are several ways to do this --the most efficient way would be approaching your student's teacher with your concerns.