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Kari Veldman
Carle Auditory Oral School
 
 

Miss Kari

  1. When did you begin teaching?
    1989
  2. When did you begin teaching at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    July 2009
  3. Please describe your educational background.
    Bachelor of Science in Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Illinois State University (1990). Master of Science in Special Education from Illinois State University (1993), Credentialed Early Intervention Provider as Developmental Therapist Hearing
  4. What do you love about teaching?
    I love working with children on language and applying those language skills to daily life and academic settings. Seeing success in the students, whether big or small, is extremely rewarding.
  5. What’s the best thing about teaching at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    The individualized attention the students receive, benefits them greatly. I enjoy the team approach of teachers, therapists, and families working together. These aspects combined with a supportive, caring environment can only bring positive results for the students.
  6. Share something interesting about yourself.
    I have a husband, 3 children (2 daughters and a son), and a dog named Angel. I spend a lot of time watching their many different activities. I love reading and enjoy watching a movie when I get some free time. This marks my 20th year of teaching…time sure does fly!
 
Miss Sarah
Carle Auditory Oral School
 
 

Miss Sarah

  1. When did you begin teaching?
    June 2001
  2. When did you join the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    July 2007
  3. Please describe your educational background.
    Bachelor of Science in Education with certification in Special Education Hearing Impaired, Elementary Education, and English/ Language Arts from Eastern Michigan University (May 2001)
    Pursuing Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Illinois University (present)
  4. What do you love about teaching?
    I love the children. I never have a boring day, because one can never guess what a child may say or do. Watching the children grow physically, academically, and socially throughout the year gives me pride in my students and myself.
  5. What’s the best thing about teaching at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    The best part about working at Carle Auditory Oral School is the opportunity to build relationships and communicate frequently with the families of all of our students.
  6. Share something interesting about yourself.
    My favorite quote is “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” - Sir Winston Churchill
 
Miss Leah
Carle Auditory Oral School
 
 

Miss Leah

  1. When did you join the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    August 2010
  2. Please describe your educational background.
    Bachelor of Science in Education specializing in Deaf Education and Early Childhood Letter of Approval from Illinois State University (May 2010) Graduate Certificate in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Listening and Spoken Language from Illinois State University (August 2014) Pursuing credential in Early Intervention as a Developmental Therapist/Hearing to provide aural rehabilitation Pursuing credential as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified AVEd
  3. What do you love about your job?
    I love working with small children. Their excitement to learn new things is amazing! I love that I get to play a part in that excitement and make a difference in their lives
  4. What’s the best thing about Carle Auditory Oral School?
    The collaboration between all of the staff and families is remarkable. We have a true team approach in working toward goals set for each child. When a child achieves a goal, we all celebrate the accomplishment together. The relationships built with the families through this collaboration last beyond their years at CAOS.
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    My favorite quote is, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." ~ Helen Keller
Jennifer Province
Carle Auditory Oral School
 
 

Miss Jen

  1. When did you begin teaching at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    Summer of 2013
  2. Please describe your educational background.
    Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Master of Science in Deaf Education from Washington University in Saint Louis
  3. What do you love about teaching?
    I love noticing progress and growth in a child who previously struggled, and has worked so hard to get to this point. It is amazing to look back and see how much a child has grown in language, speech, academics, physically and socially and to know that I was lucky enough to be a part of it all. I also love the imagination, creativity and wonder that children possess.
  4. What’s the best thing about teaching at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    Carle Auditory Oral School is a place where children are excited to learn and play. The staff is like one big family, and is incredibly collaborative in order to ensure the best results for every child.
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    I am the oldest of six children. Some of my favorite hobbies are seeing live music, crafting, and trying out different restaurants.
Shaunna Bentrop
Carle Auditory Oral School
 
 

Miss Shaunna

  1. When did you join the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    July 2014
  2. Please describe your educational background.
    B.S. Communication Disorders 2012 Truman State University in Kirksville, MO
    M.S.D.E. (Master Science Deaf Education) Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, MO 2014
  3. What do you love about your job?
    I love seeing my students learn new information and apply it to everyday life. They can always put a smile on my face!
  4. What’s the best thing about Carle Auditory Oral School?
    The best thing about CAOS is that it is family-oriented. I love that everyone who works here builds a strong relationship with the families they serve.
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    One of my favorite things to do is watch movies. I am one of the few lovers of scary movies.
Abbey Decker
Carle Auditory Oral School
 
 

Miss Abbey

  1. When did you join the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    July 2014
  2. Please describe your educational background.
    Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Biola University in La Mirada, CA.
    Masters of Science in Education with an emphasis on Hearing loss and Deafness from Mount St. Mary’s College/The John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, CA
  3. What do you love about your job?
    I love the students! They are all so unique. They learn so much every day, from language to social skills to academics it never ceases to amaze me how much they are constantly learning.
  4. What’s the best thing about Carle Auditory Oral School?
    One of the best things about CAOS is being in such a supportive environment. All of the staff truly want each child to succeed. I love being able to work with such caring staff that are willing to go the extra mile for each family.
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    I love horseback riding and when I was younger I used to compete in Rodeo Queen contests.
Kara Wirthilin
Carle Auditory Oral School
 
 

Miss Kara

  1. When did you join the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    July 2015
  2. Please describe your educational background.
    Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders from University of Missouri in Columbia, MO (May 2013) Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Missouri in Columbia, MO (May 2013) Master of Arts in Early Intervention in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO (August 2014)
  3. What do you love about your job?
    I love seeing students’ excitement and enthusiasm for learning. I especially love witnessing those “ah-ha” moments when a student finally understands a concept that they didn’t understand previously. The students put a smile on my face every day and I feel so lucky to be a part of their learning and growth and to be making a difference in their lives.
  4. What’s the best thing about Carle Auditory Oral School?
    The best thing about CAOS is that it is a supportive environment. Every staff member collaborates, with each other and with parents, to ensure that each individual child is receiving the best education, tailored to the child’s and family’s needs.
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    In my spare time, I enjoy reading books and watching movies.
 
   
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