I am a mama to a daughter, Andersyn, and a wife to a supportive outdoorsman, Louis. Our two dogs, Penny and Teddy, keep our house noisy and fun!
When I first started my university journey, I was on the path to being a high school French teacher. I taught preschool dance classes on the side and loved working with children and felt like I wanted a more focused career. During one of my teaching practicums, I stumbled across a speech-language pathologist and I was intrigued. I called universities all over the world to see who would accept a student locked into a teaching degree.
I moved down to Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota, to complete my studies. Upon completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders, I was awarded the Elsie Mae Deeter Hearing Impaired Scholarship and proceeded to earn my Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology alongside a Master’s Certificate in Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I was awarded the outstanding clinician award for my strong clinical abilities with the pediatric population. Throughout my Master’s degree, I participated in four different research studies focusing on treatment protocols for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. This research was presented at national conferences around the United States.
Upon graduation, I started working at a non-profit agency for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, where I met Jennifer! It was during her maternity leave that we dove head first into Sandbox Speech Therapy. So, here we are now, two kiddos later, offering in home services, workshops, and online courses!