Capitol School Speech-Language Program:
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.
Katie Wilson will return as the lead therapist for the Level 1 classroom. Katie led the Language Stim class last year and during our summer enrichment camp, and has worked in our pre-school classes beginning in 2012. Katie graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science concentrating in Speech-Language Pathology and holds a Texas license as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. Before coming to Capitol School, she worked as a preschool teacher at an inclusive child development center for children with special needs. She is thrilled to be returning as the lead therapist for this school year.
Level 2: Alyssa Lamers returns as the lead speech-language pathologist in the Level 2 pre-school class. Alyssa led this class during our summer enrichment camp. More about Alyssa is coming soon.
Level 3: Katie Lane is the lead therapist for the level 3/Kindergarten class. Katie obtained her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and worked overseas as an English teacher before obtaining her M.A. degree in Speech Language Pathology from UT Austin. She holds a Texas license as a Speech-Language Pathology intern. During grad school, Katie interned at Capitol School with the level 4/5 class. She returned this summer to lead the level 3 class, and is delighted to continue working with this group.
Level 4: Ysidra Williams is excited to return to the classroom for her tenth year as a lead teacher, after working for the past three years as the CSA’s Assistant Director. 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.
Level 5: Kim Hughes is excited to return to Capitol School as the lead therapist for the Level 5 classroom. Kim joined our staff in October 2011 and has experience in both preschool and school-age classrooms, including working as the afternoon lead teacher for Level 6/7 class. Kim graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College in Boston, MA and holds a Texas license as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. To facilitate learning in the classroom, she has completed training in the Basic Language Skills reading program. Before coming to Capitol School, she worked with children and adults in the speech and hearing clinic and is passionate about the positive impact a group therapy setting can have in building social, communicative and literacy skills in school-age children.
Level 6-7: Sharon English continues as the Level 6/7I lead teacher. Sharon has taught for 27 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.