With the bustle of a school year ending and the initial embrace of summer, the final days of May often gets shoved into a box we want to quickly pack up. We are school-based speech-language pathologists, and we have worked hard this year. For many of us, this profession is much more than going to work, checking items off of a to-do list and going home. We entered into this role with a big responsibility. We have earned the opportunity to help students and their families fully embrace life opportunities. We are part of a journey that blows doors wide open for self-advocacy, building life-changing relationships, humor and confidence in functional, daily skills. As you close shop for the 2012-2013 school year, take time to reflect on the impact you have made this year. You have changed lives. Take the time to acknowledge what you have learned and embraced. As a teacher, we inevitably gain much from teaching our students. Finally, take the time to give thanks. It does take a village to teach others.
With gratitude in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to share the lessons I have learned this year.
Evan, a student at Hermes Elementary in La Grange, has taught me that we all have a voice that deserves to be heard.
This is Becky Williams, a speech-language pathology assistant. She will be a part of Texas Women’s University Speech-Language Pathology Distance-Learning Program for their upcoming cycle. She has taught me about tenacity, and she will be an excellent SLP. She is already making such a difference in the lives of her students.
This is Corey. No matter our size or shape, we all have the will to fulfill our job responsibilities to the best of our ability.
This is Nicolas. He is a student at Bill Burden Elementary in Liberty Hill. He is able to find the joy and humor in every experience.
This is the Staff Development department at Region 13. Laura, Tom, Amy and Scott demonstrate stellar work ethic while quietly helping those around them. They have also taught me about fun.
This is Laura Ostroff and Katie Yoder, teachers at Pond Springs Elementary in Round Rock. They had an idea, and they executed. Pond Springs Elementary had their inaugural Autism Awareness Day. They taught the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders about Autism, individual differences and acceptance. They taught me how to be a fearless visionary.
This is Keith Schneider, Special Education Director in Jarrell ISD, and Mary Jo Lytton, a speech-language pathologist. Together, they have implemented a daily, intensive service delivery model. Within 6 weeks, they demonstrated a increase of, on average, 15 Standard Score points. They have taught me about gumption and out-of-the-box thinking.
This is Sheila. She is a mother to three fabulous young adults who have benefited from speech-language pathology services. She has taught me that what we do makes an impact. She has reminded me that I chose the right profession.
It has been a grand year. Thank you for being an integral part of this awesome, productive and meaningful school year.