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Ohio University (CSD and Psychology)
My name is Tessa and I am a recent graduate from Ohio University (Go Bobcats!). I graduated in May 2014 with my BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences or "Speech Pathology" as most people are familiar with) and then went back for a year to finish my minor and graduated (again) in May 2015 with another BA in Psychology! My passion for children with disabilities, specifically Autism, began in high school. I had the opportunity to work with children of all ages with disabilites through a program called Teacher Academy. I started out at Ohio University as a Special Education manager, but discovered a more "hands-on" and advanced opportunity to work with children as a Speech Pathologist. Unfortunately, graduate school did not work out for me. I was in the process of pursing my BCBA through University of Cincinnati's online masters program, but had to let it go due to my commitment to my full-time opportunity I accepted.
In result, I am very passionate about working with children with disabilities. I have experience tutoring and/or teaching from not only creating and teaching lesson plans in high schools, but in college as well. I volunteered for multiple years for a local family with an Autistic son and provided ABA Therapy and dietary and educational needs as necessary. I have the patience, passion, and motivation to help your child(ren) succeed. I come from a family of educators (My uncle retired at 35 years with FHS, my mom is going on her 35th year with FHS, and a few of my cousins are continuing their careers within FHS).
I have extensive experience with children with disabilities, specifically Autism. I gained experience beginning in high school when I had the opportunity to assist in special needs classrooms throughout the district two days a week for two years (junior and senior year). I carried that experience to college and became actively involved with the Autism community. I assisted in bringing the Autism Speaks U organization to our campus, creating a solid and passionate executive team for the organization, and getting the organization up and running. As Fundraising Coordinator, I began reaching out to community members/outside resources and that is how I met the lovely parents looking for volunteers and/or employees to work on ABA therapy with their son. (See my resume for additional details or feel free to ask me!)
I am very hard-working, motivated, and responsible individual and I promise to give 100% to help your child succeed at the level they are capable of! My name is Tessa and I am a recent graduate from Ohio University (Go Bobcats!). I graduated in May 2014 with my BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences or "Speech Pathology" as most people