Exceptional Learners and Exceptional Instruction Speakers' Bios

Janet Salek, MS
Janet Salek is a teacher of students with visual and hearing impairments. She has worked with these students in various programs in several states. Presently, she is residing in Mississippi where she is training educational personnel and parents regarding visual impairment, focusing on Cortical Visual Impairment and children with multiple disabilities.

Toni Hollingsworth, MS
Toni Hollingsworth is the director of the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project at The University of Southern Mississippi. She has been active for over thirty years in education, sensory impairments, teamwork, and leadership. In the past, Toni has been a classroom teacher, rehabilitation teacher, author, community organizer, a consultant for team building and dispute resolution for nonpublic schools, assistant director of a Mental Health Day Program serving individuals who are deaf, hearing impaired or deaf-blind, as well as the enhanced services coordinator at the Maryland School for the Blind serving those with vision loss and multiple disabilities. With her background in teaching those with vision impairments, hearing impairments and deaf-blindness, Toni has complimented and refined her training through learning from the numerous individuals with whom she has had the opportunity to meet and work during her variety of roles.

Judy Prehn, MS, PT, PCS 
Judy holds a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from Medical University of South Carolina and a Master of Science in rehabilitation science with emphasis in pediatrics from Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy. Judy has been practicing pediatric physical therapy for more than 25 years. She is currently owner of Pediatric Physical Therapy, LLC, serves as physical therapist/assistive technology consultant at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi and developmental pediatric physical therapist at Forrest General Hospital Intensive Care Nursery. In addition, Judy serves as guest lecturer for University Medical Center, School of Physical Therapy and clinical instructor at University Medical Center, University of South Alabama and Pearl River Community College.

Monica Bridges, MHS, CCC-SLP
Monica Bridges is a speech language pathologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. She has been employed with The Children’s Center for Communication and Development for four years and provides services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in home, daycare, and center-based settings. Monica participates in assessments and provided trainings for parents in teachers in pediatric feeding.

Sarah Rouse Myers, MS, CCC-SLP
Sarah is a speech-language pathologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. She has been employed with The Children’s Center for two years and provides services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers in home, daycare and center-based settings. Sarah also participates in assessments and provides training for parents and teachers in augmentative communication use in the classroom and at home.