I am excited to be returning to Rosa Lee Carter! I started working for LCPS in 2012 and joined the RLC team in 2019. I earned my undergraduate degree from University of California at Irvine in linguistics and my masters from UC Santa Barbara in speech language pathology. I worked in the schools in California, including in a one-room schoolhouse. I also had a small private practice before joining LCPS.
I live in Fairfax County and am married with 3 grown daughters. The oldest teaches music for Fairfax County Public Schools. The middle one just started graduate school in Iceland, so we are all very excited for her. I love the pictures of landscapes, seascapes, cats, and pastries that she sends me regularly along with news about her classes (coastal communities and resource management), her struggles with the Icelandic language, and her experiences with local residents. My youngest daughter just graduated from William and Mary and is planning a career in public service and is particularly interested in education policy and special education. In my spare time, I like to read, bake, and visit local historic sites and museums.
I became a speech language pathologist because of my love of language and my desire to help children communicate successfully. I love the variety in my work at Rosa Lee Carter. Sometimes I work with children as young as 2 1/2 years old, and of course I work with students up through the fifth grade. In addition, the skills that students are practicing vary widely. Sometimes I am helping a 9-year-old learn to say the R sound. Sometimes I am helping a preschooler whose speech is unintelligible. Maybe I am teaching strategies to a child who stutters. Or maybe I am helping a child learn to use an app that will give them a voice. Sometimes I am working on conversational skills or on vocabulary development. Every day is different and every child is different, but everyone deserves help that is functional and engaging. I look forward to a new and unique year with the Coyotes of Rosa Lee Carter.