|Val Fisher, M.Ed, Mainstream Outreach Coordinator
Valerie joined the staff in August 2009. She attended Eastern Michigan University’s undergraduate program for Hearing Impairments with an Auditory-Oral emphasis. She received her Master’s degree in Special Education with a specialization in Auditory-Verbal practices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing through the partnership between the John Tracy Clinic and the University of San Diego.
Carrie Tamminga, MA, CED, LSLS Cert AVEd, Lead Early Interventionist
Carrie Tamminga received her undergraduate degree in Deaf Education and her master’s degree in Early Intervention in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO (2002). After graduation, she taught for one year in Omaha before coming to work for SJI-I in August 2003. She taught in the preschool classroom for 2 ½ years before moving to the birth-to-3 population and their families through our First Words program. She is Lead Therapist for this department and Co-Lead for the Statewide Referral Network for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. Carrie has been chair of our Parent Education Program (PEP) since Fall 2006. She began our monthly Playgroup as part of this committee. She was also the Director of the Midwest Region of INPROSEC (the former international division of the Alexander Graham Bell Association) from 2004-2008, and she has been a member of various state-wide committees related to Deaf Education in her tenure here. She received her Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certification from the AGBell Academy in the summer of 2009.
Jennifer Graff, M.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd, Classroom Teacher
Jennifer Graff joined the staff in August 2008. She has a Bachelors of Science in both special education with an emphasis on deaf education and elementary education from Vanderbilt University. While attending Vanderbilt, Jennifer volunteered during summer breaks at St. Joseph Institute- Indianapolis. After graduating from Vanderbilt, she attended the Clarke School for the Deaf/Smith College Masters of the Education of the Deaf program. Jennifer spent her first year teaching 3-5 year olds in Cincinnati, OH. After a year in Cincinnati, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky and worked as an itinerant teacher for the deaf/hard of hearing in the Lexington public schools.
Cathy Miller, BS, Early Childhood Specialist/Lead Classroom Teacher
Cathy Miller is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher, currently teaching our class that is preparing for mainstreaming. Cathy has a degree in Special Education from Butler and worked for the University of Indianapolis in their Developmental Preschool, as well as for IPS, where she had experience with both autistic and emotionally handicapped students. Cathy was also an administrator and teaching mentor for Head Start.
Megan Perria, M.Ed., Classroom Teacher
Megan Perria joined the SJI-I staff in August 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and graduated with certification in Early Childhood, General Elementary, and Deaf Education. She received her Master’s degree in Special Education with a specialization in Auditory-Verbal practices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing through the partnership between the John Tracy Clinic and the University of San Diego.
Sara Waltke, MA, Classroom Teacher
Sara Waltke joined the SJI-I staff in August 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Communication Sciences and Disorder, and completed her Masters in July 2011 from Fontbonne University in Early Intervention in Deaf Education.
Kelli Blaneknship,MA, CED, Early Intervention Specialist
Melody Studebaker, Teacher’s Aide
Melody Studebaker comes from a background in business and public school support services.
|Katie Patterson, MS, CCC/SLP, Speech-Language PathologistKatie Patterson joined the staff of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf as a part-time Speech-Language Pathologist in August 2008, and provides therapy for our preschool and kindergarten students. Katie earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Purdue University in Speech-Language Pathology. The bulk of her professional experience came from working with preschool children and adults at Crossroads Rehabilitation Center for nearly 20 years.
Kristin Schaaf, MA, CCC/SLP, Speech Pathologist
Kristin Schaaf joined the staff in August 2007 as a CFY and became a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in August 2008. She has her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University and her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo.
Susan Sehgal, MS, CCC/SLP, Lead Speech Pathologist
Susan Sehgal, an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist, provides therapy for our preschool and kindergarten. A graduate of IU, Susan worked with adults in a hospital setting before becoming a Clinical Research Speech-Language Pathologist for the DeVault Otologic Research Lab, Riley Children’s Hospital. Susan served on the board of Hear Indiana and was past president of the organization. After nearly eleven years of working on research regarding children with cochlear implants, Susan joined our staff as a speech-language therapist.
Caitlin Younger, MA, CF-SLP