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25 Years Capitol School Staff
     

Capitol School Staff

 
 

 

 
Katie

Language Stimulation: Katie Wilson is excited to be returning to Capitol School for her fourth year. For the past three years she worked with the preschool age as the lead therapist in Language Stimulation and as an assistant in Level 1/LS class. Katie is licensed as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. She is originally from Illinois, where she attended the University of Illinois and received her undergraduate degree in speech and hearing science concentrating in speech-language pathology. Before coming to Capitol School, she worked as a preschool teacher at an inclusive child development center.  She loves seeing progress and development in our students! 

 
Amanda C Language Stimulation: Amanda Clark joins Capitol School as a teaching assistant for Language Stimulation. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. While attending UT, she worked as a research assistant studying language delay in children with hearing impairment. Amanda also spent time volunteering with stroke survivors. She is looking forward to making a difference in the development of our students!  

 

Language Stim/Level 1 Lead

Level 1: Vanessa Gonzales returns for a fourth year as lead speech-language pathologist. Vanessa loves working with the young 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.

 

 
Kelly

Level 1 a.m. and Level 3 p.m.
Kelly Jerden
is excited to be returning to Captiol School for her fourth year. Kelly is lead teaching Science and Social Studies in the Level 3 class and is assisting in Level 1 class. She earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently in pursuit of a masters degree in Speech Pathology at Northern Arizona University. Kelly is licensed as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. While teaching, she enjoys working with students of all ages, from preschool to school-aged. Kelly is looking forward to another fun-filled school year!

 

 

Level 1-2 Lead

Level 2 a.m. and Level 4 p.m.
Alyssa Lamers
returns as the lead speech-language pathologist in the Level 2 preschool class and the afternoon lead in the Level 4 class again this year. Alyssa obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Communicative Disorders and her masters degree from Vanderbilt University in Speech-Language Pathology. Alyssa holds her Texas license in Speech-Language Pathology and her ASHA certification of clinical competence. Prior to joining the Capitol School team, Alyssa worked in a public school district, where she gained experience working with elementary school children who had a variety of speech, language, and learning disorders. She is passionate about helping preschoolers improve their communication skills and learn pre-academic skills for future success!

 

 
Corina

Level 2 and Early Drop-Off/Extended Day: Corina Montes de Oca is delighted to return for her second school year at CSA. Corina began volunteering at CSA summer 2014, and joined the team fall 2014. Corina assists in the Level 2 pre-school classroom and leads the Early Drop-off and Extended Day programs. Corina graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Before joining CSA, Corina spent time working with adults recovering from stroke. She also gained experience working with children in private speech clinics around Austin and Bastrop. Corina is the mother of a very active toddler.

 

 

Level 4 Lead

Level 3:Ysidra Williams is excited to return to the classroom for her twelfth year. As a lead teacher, she has taught in the Level V, the Level VI and the Level III classes. Ysidra earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. Her focus in graduate school was on school-age language disorders and learning disabilities. She currently holds her Texas licensure and her ASHA certification of clinical competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Ysidra has completed training in Lindamood-Bell and Alphabetic Phonics reading programs, and participated in workshops in school-age classroom instruction, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders and auditory processing disorders.

 

 

L4 Teacher

Level 4: Terri Hathaway returns to the classroom as a lead teacher in the mornings and assistant director in the afternoons. She has taught in the Level VI and the Level III classes.

 

 

 

 

 
Caroline

Level 4: Caroline Beltran joins CSA as assistant teacher for Level 4. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. While attending UT, she gained two years of experience working part-time at a local daycare center. Caroline began volunteering at CSA in the spring of 2013 and enjoyed spending time with the children and staff. Caroline is very eager to teach and learn from her Level 4 students! 

 

 

Level 5 teacher

Level 5: Amy Sydes is excited to start her first year teaching as the level 5 lead teacher. Amy graduated August 2015 from the University of Texas with a Master's degree in Special Education. Amy earned a bachelor's degree in education at the University of Arkansas. Amy interned at Capitol School with the level 4 class and is returning as the lead level 5 teacher for the 2015-2016 school year. Amy is thrilled to be following her former students to level 5 to have an exciting, fun, successful school year!

 

 
Oscar

Level 5: Oscar Ramirez is excited to return to Capitol School for his third year. He returns to assisting in the Level 5 classroom. Oscar obtained his bachelor's degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences from Texas Tech Health Science Center. Oscar is thrilled to not only see his students grow in the classroom, but also in their pragmatic skills gained among peers on the playground.

 

 

 
Sharon

Level 5-6: Sharon English continues as the Level 5/6 lead teacher. Sharon 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.

 

 
Librarian

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.


 

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