The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomed six new members to its staff this fall, including three speech-language pathologists (SLPs), two teacher assistants and a communications coordinator.
As the summer break came to a close and students returned to school, there were a few new faces to greet them at the door. New to the teaching staff are speech-language pathologists Dedra Clark-Allen, M.A., Tara Courtney, M.S., and Kelly Parker, M.S.
Clark-Allen, Courtney and Parker have all received their Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and have a combined 47 years of experience in the field. Courtney is leading a class of full-time enrolled students, while Clark-Allen and Parker work in Outclient Services, meeting the needs of children who require only part-time assistance.
“Working at the DuBard School is like coming home,” said Parker, a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi along with fellow newcomer Courtney.
Clark-Allen expanded on that statement by noting, “I am both excited and honored to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and families.”
Each class at the DuBard School is comprised of a certified SLP as well as a teacher assistant, providing the most hands-on and one-on-one training for each student enrolled. The DuBard School welcomes two new teacher assistants to the organization this year in Heather Lyons, B.S., and Donna Guthrie. Lyons and Guthrie have a combined experience of more than 15 years as teacher assistants and have worked in a variety of educational settings.
“We are delighted to welcome such outstanding staff members who are eager to bring hope to families and change children’s lives for the better,” said Dr. Maureen Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders.
Catherine Lott, B.A., joined the staff as communications coordinator, handling all external communications for the organization. Lott is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi and previously worked for the Area Development Partnership as the communications and events director.
“Catherine’s experience in our community and her enthusiasm for contributing to the DuBard School mission are qualities that will be extremely valuable to the organization,” said Martin. “As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, I look forward to another successful school year for our staff, our students and their families.”
About The DuBard School for Language Disorders
The DuBard School for Language Disorders was established in 1962 and is a clinical division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The school serves children with severe language/speech disorders, including the written language disorder of dyslexia, and/or hearing impairments and provides guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children. The school is a practicum site for university students majoring in speech-language pathology, audiology or deaf education. Further information is found at www.usm.edu/dubard.