Speech Language Pathologist
Meet Ms. Amanda!
Meet our Speech Language Pathologist, Amanda Rohde!
Amanda grew up in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois with her parents and brother. Their family lived a very active lifestyle and Amanda grew up water skiing, snow skiing, scuba diving, hiking & biking. Amanda attended college at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne. She knew that she was interested in pursuing a career in therapy, so her mom, Sandi who is a Social Worker mentioned to Amanda that she should consider Speech Therapy. This interested Amanda because she enjoyed working with children and liked that Speech Therapy has a variety of different services to offer. While at the University she joined the Illini Water Ski Team and traveled to nearby states competing. Amanda graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Science in Speech and Hearing Science and a Master of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science. Amanda knew immediately upon graduating that she no longer wanted to stay in Illinois. Being raised in a family that traveled to Ski in Utah and Colorado she knew that she wanted to be somewhere she could enjoy the outdoors more. She began applying at different schools and was offered a position at Renaissance Elementary. She packed up her life in Illinois and headed for the Rockies. Although she was leaving her parents and brother in Illinois, her parents assured her they would follow her if she went to Colorado. They moved here a year after she did. Amanda’s mom Sandi, is now on staff at Renaissance Secondary as the school’s Social Worker.
This is Amanda’s 3rd year as part of the Special Education Team at Renaissance. It is Amanda’s job to evaluate students with potential speech and language needs, and provide interventions including speech therapy. She works with students who need help with articulation, fluency, and language skills. Amanda also works with some students who get services such as Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) and 504’s. With these she can determine what accommodations a student may need in regards to Speech Therapy. Amanda can address a wide range of learning differences such as dyslexia, language disorders, and social communication disorders, as well as nonverbal learning disabilities. For example, she can help a child with social skills issues make appropriate conversations, or help struggling readers learn phonological awareness and gain comprehension. What an important job Amanda has here at Renaissance!
Amanda’s kind personality and fun energy make students feel comfortable and excited to come and work with her. She makes learning fun for students and often incorporates games and incentives to keep students engaged and motivated. She works both one on one as well as with small groups throughout the week. On Workshop Wednesdays, Amanda joins Ms. Kena in teaching Spanish. While studying at the University of Illinois, Amanda had the opportunity to go to Costa Rica and to stay with a host family. There she learned to speak Spanish as a second language. She enjoys getting to teach this language with students, as well as learn more herself from Ms. Kena! You will often see Amanda out at the crosswalk in the afternoons making sure our kids get home safe. If you have not had a chance to meet his amazing woman, we encourage you to do so. We are so happy to have her as part of our Crew!