I have worked for 27 years with Middle School students. I have specialized in adolescent language and social communication skills. I continue to learn more daily about technology skills for my students and integrating technology into therapy. I am currently interested in and developing a specialty in Spectrum Disorders and Peer Mentoring. I am the adviser of the Gay Straight Alliance at our High School (3 years).

I have also worked with preschool students and specialized in the reduction of phonological processes using the Hodson program. I have worked with both Elementary and High Schoolers, but always come back to Middle School. In fact, in all my years in Grandville, I have worked in nearly every building, both public and private, in the district, and there are many....

I teach elementary summer school in Grandville (Arts and Crafts) to at-risk and special education students (a great way to get at language!).

Specialties: Adolescent language, social skill improvement, phonological processes, how language development affects literacy, Union negotiation, collaborative bargaining, and understanding of budgets

Michigan State University
M.A., Speech and Language Sciences
1984 – 1985

Michigan State University
BA, Audiology and Speech Sciences
1980 – 1984


Speech-Language Pathologist

Grandville Public Schools
 – Present (26 years 3 months)Grandville Middle and High, Grandville, MI

Initial evaluations, reevaluations, billing of medicaid eligible students, classroom language therapy groups, individual articulation and language therapy, working in a Student Support Team group, Critical Incident Team, Crisis Team, student counseling, report writing, parent communications, scheduling.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Bay Cliff Health Camp
 –  (5 years)

Initial assessments. Small group and individual intensive therapy (5x/wk). Adjunct Professor at Northern Michigan University supervising students in speech and language programs.