Capitol School Speech-Language Program:
Language Stimulation: Vanessa Gonzales returns for a second year as lead speech-language pathologist in the Language Stim class.
Vanessa loves working with the youngest members of our program and enjoys the progress
they make each week. Prior to joining the Capitol School team, Vanessa worked as an SLP in a variety of settings (private clinic, school, daycare, home, and assisted/independent living). Most of her experience is based in language, articulation/phonology, fluency, and social skills. Vanessa graduated with a Master of Arts (Research) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Texas State University. Vanessa holds a Texas License and ASHA certification in speech-language pathology.
Level A: Heather Hoskins returns as a lead therapist in the Level A classroom. Heather attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a Texas license as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Heather joined the Capitol School staff in 2010, providing speech-language therapy to the Level B classes and leading the Level A preschool during summer camp. She has also completed extensive coursework in American Sign Language and is excited to incorporate these skills to expand her students' communication.
Level I: Karen Bodden is thrilled to be back at Capitol School of Austin as the lead speech-language pathologist for Level I. She is beginning her sixth year as a speech-language pathologist. Her work has focused on pre-school and school age students in the public schools, at Capitol School of Austin, and in private practice. Karen has a master's degree in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a
Texas license in speech-language pathology and certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She
is passionate about early intervention, especially in the area of foundational literacy skills.
Level II: Melissa Clary is excited to join the staff at Capitol School as the lead speech-language pathologist in the Level II pre-school class. She received both her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Baylor University. Melissa had a variety of experiences as a graduate clinician working with individuals from infancy to adolescence, including opportunities to work specifically with children with language and learning differences. Melissa is most looking forward to getting to know her students, and seeing them learn and grow over the school year.
Level III: Terri Hathaway continues at Capitol School as the Level III lead teacher. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and is licensed as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. She has completed an alternative certification program for Special Education. To facilitate learning in the classroom, she has completed training in the Basic Language Skills reading program,as well as Scott Foresman, and is working toward her certification as an Academic Language Therapist.
Level IV-V: Ligon Burris continues at Capitol School as lead teacher in Level 4/5. Ligon received her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin, and her master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She holds a Texas license in speech-language pathology. Ligon previously worked at CSA as a classroom assistant in the Language Stimulation classroom. Ligon has experience working in the public school system, as well as both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. She is excited to be a part of her students' lives, and see the difference they make in her life!
Ligon joined the Capitol School staff in 2006 as a teaching assistant while preparing for graduate school and returned as a lead therapist in 2010.
Level VI-VII: Sharon English continues as the Level V-VII lead teacher in the mornings. Sharon has taught for 25 years and has been with Capitol School since 1993 as both classroom teacher and consultant. Sharon has a master's degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Houston and a bachelor's degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Sharon holds a Texas license in speech-language pathology and has ASHA certification. Sharon previously taught at the Parish School in Houston. All of Sharon's experience has involved children with language and learning differences and children with attention deficit disorder. Sharon has training in Basic Language and Lindamood Bell. In addition, Sharon seeks out information about best practices in speech and language pathology. Sharon is the mother of two children.
Library/Drama: Ellen Pokorny Roberts has been with Capitol School since she was hired as our first lead therapist in 1991! Ellen taught Level I and II pre-school for 10 years. She now teaches drama for the Level III-VII classrooms and, as the school librarian, helps all levels enjoy their weekly library time. Ellen holds a bachelor's degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin and a master's degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. Ellen has a Texas state teaching certificate, a Texas License for speech-language pathology and ASHA certification.