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Amy FIscus
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Amy Fiscus, MS, CCC-SLP

  1. When did you join the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    July 2003
  2. Please describe your educational background.
    Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Illinois (2001)
    Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Speech Language Pathology from Indiana State University (2003)
    Credentialed Early Intervention Provider in Speech Language Pathology
  3. What do you love about your job?
    The thing that I love most about my job is watching the children achieve goals that were so difficult for them at one time. It is amazing to see the impact that my job has on the growth and development of an individual student. I love traveling to visit former students at their hometown schools and seeing them succeed.
  4. What’s the best thing about Carle Auditory Oral School?
    The best thing about working at the Carle Auditory Oral School is the relationships that the staff forms with students and their families. These families are dealing with the devastating news that their child can not hear. Providing families with information to help them make educated decisions during these very difficult, emotional times creates an extraordinary bond between the staff and the families. We work closely with families to develop a plan and goals that are important to them. The teachers and therapists work on these goals at the school, while the family also integrates the same goals into their home life. Small caseloads allow each therapist to work with a smaller number of children several times throughout a week helping to create a bond between the child and therapist.
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    My family-husband, Steve; daughter, Makenna; and dog, Higgly. We enjoy going to Illinois and St. Joseph-Ogden sporting events, spending time outdoors, and watching movies.
 
Brittney Wetherell
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Brittney Wetherell, MS, CCC-SLP

  1. When did you join the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    July 2007
  2. Please describe your educational background.
    Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University (2005)
    Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University (2007)
    Early Intervention Specialist in Speech Language Pathology
  3. What do you love about your job?
    I love working with the children. They never cease to amaze me in all that they achieve! I feel very blessed to play a role in their accomplishments.
  4. What’s the best thing about Carle Auditory Oral School?
    The dedication of our families and staff is evident everyday at Carle Auditory Oral School. It can be seen in the parents driving over an hour every day to bring their children to school or relocating their family to attend our school. It can be seen in the staff who make learning fun and exciting. Our families and staff are willing to go the extra mile in order to help the children reach their full potential.
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    My favorite past time is spending time with my family and soaking up the memories. I have a husband, Zach, and two wonderful boys, Will and Christian, that are two years apart.
 
Holly Riegel
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Holly Riegel, MS, CCC-SLP

  1. When did you join the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    June 2007
  2. Please describe your educational background.
    Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Elmhurst College (2005)
    Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Nazareth College of Rochester (2007)
    Certification in the Specialty Preparation Program for Speech-Language Pathologists to Work with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children and Youth at Nazareth College and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf
    Early Intervention Specialist in Speech Language Pathology
  3. What do you love about your job?
    I love working with children, and seeing them grow over the months and years. I believe that life couldn’t be anymore fulfilling than helping and guiding children and their families to a lifetime of success.
  4. What’s the best thing about Carle Auditory Oral School?
    I believe that the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School is one of the most amazing components of our school. The staff works together as a very dedicated, consistent, and compassionate team. In their eyes, the children and families always come first in order to focus and work on the children’s goals. Our program wouldn’t be what it is today, if it wasn’t for this amazing team!
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    My passion has always been music; I used to sing for a variety of professional gigs, such as Christmas caroling, and I played the violin for 9 years.
 
Kristen Lutes
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kristin lutes, MS, CCC-SLP

  1. When did you join the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    July 2008
  2. Please describe your educational background.
    Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University (2006)
    Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Illinois State University (2008)
  3. What do you love about your job?
    I love the excitement I get from seeing the children we work with use the strategies and tools we teach them in the therapy room and carry it over into the real world. Whether it be successfully using a language target to ask a friend to play on the playground or using good speech to request more milk at lunch, these little instances are huge triumphs in the big picture. I love seeing our students encourage, accept and embrace one another!
  4. What’s the best thing about Carle Auditory Oral School?
    Our small caseloads allow us to dedicate extra time to our students in order to focus on specific areas of need. Strong relationships are formed not only with the students, but with the families as well. The environment at Carle Auditory Oral School encourages communication between staff and families, while promoting carry-over outside the walls of our school.
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    I enjoy the outdoors, fishing, running ½ marathons and following my brother and sister as they play baseball and softball for the University of Illinois.
 
Shawnda Fuller
Carle Auditory Oral School
 
 

Shawnda Fuller, MA, CCC-A, LSLS Cert AVeD

  1. When did you join the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    June 2000
  2. What is your educational background?
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communicative Disorders from East Tennessee State University (1996)
    Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (1998)
    Credentialed Early Intervention provider in Aural Rehab Audiology
    Credentialed Listening and Spoken Language Specialist
  3. What do you love about you job?
    I love working so closely with families. It takes a real partnership between clinician and family to develop a strong spoken language foundation for children with hearing loss.
  4. What’s the best thing about Carle Auditory Oral School?
    I love the atmosphere you find here at Carle Auditory Oral School. The support and encouragement that both staff and families offer to one another is refreshing. I love being a part of a team where accomplishments are celebrated and struggles are tackled together.
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    My favorite quote is "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." - Mother Theresa
 
 
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Mary Willis

  1. When did you start your career?
    I started my career in 1986. I joined ECHO in 1996.
  2. Please describe your education background.
    Bachelor of Science in Speech & Hearing Sciences from Bradley University
    Master of Science in Speech Pathology from Florida State University
  3. What do you love about your job?
    The joy of helping families fulfill the dreams they have for their child with hearing loss.
  4. What’s the best thing about Carle Auditory Oral School?
    Never a dull moment. Every family, every child is unique in their hopes, dreams, abilities, lifestyles, and communication. Finding a way to support each family and each child in a way that shows great respect for their individual traits, while also helping them improve communication skills with each other, is one of the biggest reasons that I am proud to be a part of the ECHO team.
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    I am hearing impaired, too – profoundly deaf in my left ear secondary to contraction of mumps at three years of age; mild hearing loss in my right ear diagnosed in 2009. I love my hearing aid – it’s amazing how much of the conversation I miss with “just” a mild loss! It renews my passion for encouraging parents to keep that hearing aid on their child diagnosed with a mild hearing loss. It truly does make a difference.
 
 
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Melony Stanton, MS, CCC-SLP

  1. When did you begin teaching?
    I began my career in a medical setting immediately upon graduation in 1994.
  2. When did you begin teaching at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    September 2013
  3. Please describe your educational background.
    I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology. I had a very unique experience, as I attended Gallaudet University for graduate school, where all of the undergraduate students are either deaf or hard-of-hearing.
  4. What do you love about teaching?
    Watching children learn and grow with the goal of facilitating communication independence.
  5. What's the best thing about teaching at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    The students, families and the very dedicated staff.
  6. Share something interesting about yourself.
    I have had the same best friend since 4th grade.
Samira Hussein
Carle Auditory Oral School
 
 

Samira Hussein

  1. When did you join the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    July 2014
  2. Please describe your educational background.
    Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2012)
    Master of Art in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University (2014)
  3. What do you love about your job?
    I love working with children and seeing them get excited when they are able to do things new things independently. It is great to able to work with and help to empower families to better support their children.
  4. What’s the best thing about Carle Auditory Oral School?
    The staff is very passionate about seeing all of the students be successful. There is much collaborative effort put in to provide an individualized education for each child with hearing loss to best meet his/her needs. It is also wonderful that we are able to work so closely with families to ensure their success outside of school.
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    I enjoy traveling and exploring new places.
 
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Miss Christy

  1. When did you join the staff at Carle Auditory Oral School?
    I joined in November 2015
  2. Please describe your educational background.
    Bachelors in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University, MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Ohio State University.
  3. What do you love about your job?
    I love helping kids and families learn how to communicate with each other. I love playing and working with the kids and helping them as they learn to listen and talk.
  4. What’s the best thing about Carle Auditory Oral School?
    The supportive staff, great kids, and families.
  5. Share something interesting about yourself.
    I decided to be a speech therapist in 4th grade after witnessing first-hand the impact they have on families because my younger brother has a hearing loss.
   
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