Welcome to Ms. Pace's Speech and Language Page
(updated June 3, 2020).
Hello Gateway Guardians, and welcome to another great year of fun and learning in room 310.
I am pleased to introduce myself as a proud graduate of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Go Cougs! Since my graduation from WSU in 1986, I have worked in a variety of settings, from head injury rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, to public schools.
As one of the speech language pathologists (speech teachers) at Gateway, I am pretty sure I have one of the best jobs in the whole school. I get to work with students throughout all three years of their middle school experience, which allows me the opportunity to interact closely with students and their families over an extended period of time as we work together to build speech and language skills.
It is often said that laughter is the best medicine. I love my job, because I get to build laughter into many of our speech and language activities. Jokes and puns require a sophisticated command of language, and tongue twisters can be a great way to practice articulation and fluency skills. As a result, there is no shortage of jokes, puns, and tongue twisters as part of my work day. I also have a great collection of classic games which have become effective learning tools. Jenga, Connect Four, and Guess Who are among class favorites.
As a speech language pathologist, I am called upon to evaluate and provide therapy in the areas of speech and language development. Speech and langauge development includes skills in the areas of expressive and receptive language, speech articulation, speech fluency, voice disorders, social communication and augmentative communication strategies. I am privileged to work in collaboration with many of the great classroom teachers at Gateway to facilitate carryover of these important communication skills into all aspects of the school day. I work especially closely with the teachers and classroom staff in our Life Skills and Extended Resource classrooms.
While I enjoy the opportunity to meet directly with families during annual IEP meetings, I would also like to encourage families to reach out with any questions you may have regarding your student's speech therapy goals throughout the school year.
UPDATE (April 12, 2020): Welcome back from Spring Break. I hope all of our Gateway Guardians and their families are rested and ready to dive back into this new experience of distance learning. I look forward to learning right along with you. You can continue to find resources for student engagement by going the Everett School District webpage to click on "Special Programs" then scroll down to see a list of approved speech-language websites our students can use. I will also be making daily updates to the activities listed in the left column of this Speech Class Webpage. Along with the daily activities found here, each of my speech therapy students will be receiving an invitation to their own Speech Google Classroom which will serve as an additional tool for communicating with me and receiving more individualized activities to support speech therapy goals throughout the remainder of the school year.