Position: Speech-Language Therapist and Assistive Technology Specialist
What led you to your current position? Growing up in a multilingual household and spending hours every week at the library fostered my love for language. I always thought I’d grow up to be a doctor, but when I got to college, I learned about speech-language pathology and realized it was exactly what I wanted to do. It combined my love for language and my desire to work with kids. I first started at Seneca as a contractor and knew immediately I wanted to join this amazing team, which I was able to do after a couple years. Recently, I graduated with my masters in special education with a focus on assistive technology so now I get to support language from multiple aspects, and I’m really excited about that!
Fun Fact/Quote: I was born and raised in Hawai’i, and recently started taking hula classes again. It feels good to be going back to my roots.
What does your average day look like? My day begins bright and early at 5:15 and with a commute. Once I’m at my school site, I hit the ground running from session to session and to IEP meetings and collaboration meetings. Some days, I have to commute between multiple sites so my days always feel action packed. My favorite part of the day is working with and connecting with incredible little humans who have such unique personalities.
Why do you do this work? Communication and language are human rights. As a daughter of refugees, I know firsthand the consequences of the lack of language. I want to do my part to ensure everyone has access to this right, and I want to encourage all my students to continue speaking their native language because it’s such a beautiful thing to be able to speak multiple languages!