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25 Years Capitol School Staff

Capitol School Staff




Language Stimulation: Mandy Crombie is thrilled to join the team as the lead therapist in the Language Stimulation Group this year. The majority of Mandy’s clinical practice has focused on working with children in the private clinic, public school, daycare, and home settings. Most recently, Mandy has provided individual speech-language therapy sessions here at Capitol School for the past two years. Mandy is honored to be able to apply her passion for young emergent language learners to the classroom setting with the youngest members of our program here at Capitol School. Mandy graduated with a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Medical University of South Carolina and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Vanderbilt University. Mandy holds a Texas License and ASHA certification in speech-language pathology.



Language Stim/Level 1 Lead

Level 1: Vanessa Gonzales returns for a fifth year as lead speech-language pathologist. Vanessa loves working with the young members of our program and enjoys the progress they make each week. Prior to joining the Capitol School team, Vanessa worked as an SLP in a variety of settings (private clinic, school, daycare, home, and assisted/independent living). Most of her experience is based in language, articulation/phonology, fluency, and social skills. Vanessa graduated with a Master of Arts (Research) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Texas State University. Vanessa holds a Texas License and ASHA certification in speech-language pathology.



Level 1: Corina Montes de Oca is delighted to return for her third school year at CSA. Corina began volunteering at CSA summer 2014, and joined the team fall 2014. Corina assists in the Level 2 pre-school classroom and leads the Early Drop-off and Extended Day programs. Corina graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Before joining CSA, Corina spent time working with adults recovering from stroke. She also gained experience working with children in private speech clinics around Austin and Bastrop. Corina is the mother of a very active toddler.




Level 2
Kristin Knifton
is very excited to teach the Level 2 class at Capitol School this year! She was an assistant at CSA during graduate school and worked as a private therapist and substitute teacher at CSA in the spring of 2016. Kristin has a master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UT Austin and holds ASHA certification and Texas licenses in both speech-language pathology and audiology, as well as Texas teaching certification. She has spent the majority of her career at Texas School for the Deaf and also spent a year teaching students with hearing impairment at nearby Brentwood Elementary. Kristin loves working on language skills through academic content areas, especially science. She is looking forward to being part of the CSA family this year!



L4 Teacher

Level 4: Terri Hathaway returns to the classroom as a lead teacher. She has taught in the Level VI and the Level III classes. Terri holds a Bacelor of Science in Speech Pathology from Stephen F. Austin State University and is licensed as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. Since 1995, Terri has worked in a variety of educational settings including public and private schools as well as in a private practice clinic.




Level 5 teacher

Level 5: Amy Sydes is excited to start her first year teaching as the level 5 lead teacher. Amy graduated August 2015 from the University of Texas with a Master's degree in Special Education. Amy earned a bachelor's degree in education at the University of Arkansas. Amy interned at Capitol School with the level 4 class and is returning as the lead level 5 teacher for the 2015-2016 school year. Amy is thrilled to be following her former students to level 5 to have an exciting, fun, successful school year!



Level 5-6: Sharon English continues as the Level 5/6 lead teacher. Sharon has been with Capitol School since 1993 as both classroom teacher and consultant. Sharon has a master's degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Houston and a bachelor's degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Sharon holds a Texas license in speech-language pathology and has ASHA certification. Sharon previously taught at the Parish School in Houston. All of Sharon's experience has involved children with language and learning differences and children with attention deficit disorder. Sharon has training in Basic Language and Lindamood Bell. In addition, Sharon seeks out information about best practices in speech and language pathology. Sharon is the mother of two children.


Oscar Level 5: Oscar Ramirez is excited to return to Capitol School for his fourth year. He returns to assisting in the Level 5 classroom. Oscar obtained his bachelor's degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences from Texas Tech Health Science Center. Oscar is thrilled to not only see his students grow in the classroom, but also in their pragmatic skills gained among peers on the playground.





Library/Drama: Ellen Pokorny Roberts has been with Capitol School since she was hired as our first lead therapist in 1991! Ellen taught Level I and II pre-school for 10 years. She now teaches drama for the Level III-VII classrooms and, as the school librarian, helps all levels enjoy their weekly library time. Ellen holds a bachelor's degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin and a master's degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. Ellen has a Texas state teaching certificate, a Texas License for speech-language pathology and ASHA certification.


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