Meet Our Special Educator of the Month, SLP Gina A.
At Cross Country Education, we’re honored to work with the best of the best from across the nation! We take great pride in their shared passion for helping students succeed, and we love passing along their insight to inspire others interested in this rewarding field. This month, we’re spotlighting an amazing speech-language pathologist, Gina A.
Here’s why Gina decided to become a school SLP, what she enjoys most about working with the Cross Country Education team and schools, and what advice she has for SLPs just embarking on their careers.
Why did you become an SLP?
I originally received my degree in marketing and worked my way up to being the West Coast Sales Manager of a glossy magazine. I made a great salary, but I was not fulfilled. I decided to leave the advertising industry and pursue what I loved most – teaching children. I shadowed the SLP at a local school for a day and loved it! Three years later, I became a licensed SLP and have enjoyed working with students and helping them achieve their goals ever since.
What do you like about Cross Country Education?
I love that CCE treats their SLPs as professionals and gives them the independence to determine their own weekly schedule. You decide the days you travel to school sites and the days you work in your office. That level of flexibility has helped me find the right balance between my work life and my personal life that I have not experienced at any other company.
What have you liked about your experience working at CCE schools?
I have enjoyed the relationships formed with the SPED teams. There are so many passionate SPED administrators and case managers that really care about their students. I find that level of care to be inspiring.
What kind of advice would you give to someone starting out in your field?
Be flexible! Schedules will change, therapy won’t always go as planned, last minute meetings will be scheduled, and scheduled meetings will be cancelled. This will happen. I remind myself often of one of my favorite quotes, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
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