Since August 2008, Ms. LaToya has brought smiles to the students of the Melinda Webb School at the Center for Hearing and Speech. To her, the best part of her job is “seeing the students’ language grow and develop.” As a Kinder Language Teacher, she truly gets to watch the speech of her students improve each and every day. For her, the most fulfilling thing about working at CHS is watching her students walk across the stage at graduation. She knows that they have come so far and worked so hard to enter their mainstream schools.
Let’s get to know Ms. LaToya!
- What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Peanut Butter
- Do you have any pets? How many? I don’t have any pets at home but we have three hermit crabs for classroom pets!
- When you were five, what did you want to be when you grew up? A doctor
- What’s your favorite color? Purple
- What’s your favorite game to play with your students? There are so many but one of my favorites is a game I created for our Superheroes unit. In game a villain has kidnapped the citizens of the city and they have to roll the dice to tell how many citizens their superhero can save. Whoever saves the most citizens wins the game!
- What’s your favorite language activity to do with your students? It’s so hard to pick a favorite but Diggity Dog is a great game because there a several language structures that can be used during this game and they have to use their listening skills!
- How do you play Diggity Dog? The object of the game is to find all four bones that match your dog. There are bones inside of “holes” all around the board and a dog that barks in the middle of the board. When it’s a student’s turn, they have to push the dog to make it bark and listen for the number of barks. The number of barks determines how many times they move. So an example would be, “I heard (irregular past tense) three barks (plural) so I will (future tense) move three times (plural).” That sentence targets the two clauses joined by a conjunction structure as well as several syntactic elements (the grammatical parts of the sentence). I also have them ask questions about whose bone they picked up, so they are exposed to different structures. My students love to play this game!
The Center for Hearing and Speech has an amazing staff of teachers, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists who daily invest in the lives of our students. We know you’ll enjoy meeting them all year long!