Capitol School Speech-Language Program:
Language Stimulation: Katie Wilson is excited to return to Capitol School as the lead therapist for the Language Stimulation classroom. Katie led the Language Stim class 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 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 1: Vanessa Gonzales returns for a third year as lead speech-language pathologist, this year in the Level 1 class.
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.
Level 2: Melissa Clary returns as the lead speech-language pathologist in the Level 2 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 3: Terri Hathaway continues at Capitol School as the Level 3 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 3-B: Amy Anderson is excited to join the staff at Capitol School as a lead speech-language pathologist for the Level 3-B kindergarten class. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the State University of New York. Over the last thirteen years, Amy has practiced in a variety of settings with individuals ranging from Early Intervention and preschool-age, to elementary children and adults. Her broad background includes working in hospitals and schools, as well as contracting with county agencies, preschools, elementary schools and rehabilitation centers. Amy and her husband, along with their three kids, have recently relocated to Austin from upstate New York. She looks forward to being back in the classroom working with her favorite population, children.
Level 4: Ligon Burris continues at Capitol School as lead teacher in Level 4. 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 4-5: Kim Hughes is excited to return to Capitol School as the lead therapist for the Level 4/5 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. 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 V-VII lead teacher in the mornings. Sharon has taught for 26 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.