First up…my name is Kristine and I am a preschool SLP! I work in a public school in New Jersey just about 10 minutes from where I grew up. This is my 10th year (CRAZY!) as an SLP and I LOVE it more and more each day. I knew from an early age that I wanted to pursue a career in the SPED field. Both of my parents are educators so I believe it was always my calling!
I hold a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Now known as, Stockton University!) AND a Masters Degree from Nova Southeastern University. I have been very fortunate to have worked in many different settings with various populations but my heart has always lead me back to preschool. Hands on activities and incorporating cooking & sensory activities into therapy and the classroom have all been extremely important and beneficial to me and my students.
Coffee is my FUEL…EVERY…SINGLE…DAY! Once I start my day with a large (or EXTRA large) cup of caffeine, there is NO stopping me! If I had to sum up my “philosophy” in a few words it would be….Hands on LEARNING & FUN while COMMUNICATING. I love using sensory bins, cooking, crafts, and science experiments during speech sessions. Fun and engaging activities EQUAL endless language opportunities. I spend time researching and exploring ideas in the AAC and Autism fields CONSTANTLY! Pinterest, Teachers Pay Teachers, and the INCREDIBLE women I have met through the SLP Blogger world have all been extremely helpful to my toolbox of materials and therapy ideas!
I am a PROUD momma to a 4 year old BEAUTIFUL boy named Landon. Yes, I might be a little crazy working with preschool students all day and coming home to my OWN preschooler but I LOVE IT! I’m fortunate to also have a very supportive partner and significant other whom supports me 100%. Paul, Landon, and our long-haired mini dachshund, Tequila (YES! That is really her name lol) make up my little family and they are what drive me to keep pushing myself each and every day. Most of my weekends and “breaks” are spent with family and friends. Since I have a VERY active 4 year old, most activities include ANYTHING outdoors like festivals, parks, and the BEACH. We have a small beach house in Sea Isle City, NJ so every summer that is where you can find me. Although life can be crazy busy at times, I always try to squeeze in some “me” time which normally includes red wine and Netflix!
I started blogging in Fall 2012. It was a slow start but I just wanted to be able to share my therapy ideas wit the SLP and SPED world. I always found myself googling “new” ideas and I thought to myself, “HEY! You have some great ideas that other SLPs might want to use too!” SOOOO…Why not blog and share them?! The SLP community is amazing and sharing techniques, ideas, activities, etc. is something I am so proud and passionate about. That also goes for creating valuable resources, visuals, and materials. I wouldn’t consider myself the most crafty person in the world BUT I do have a few tricks/ideas up my sleeve. I can thank my mom for that “creative” gene! I always found myself needing something “new” and engaging to use with my students which lead me to starting my very own TpT store. It has been quite the journey and I honestly wouldn’t change a thing!