Today’s #teacherhero is Rhonda Rankin, who teaches speech to 1st and 2nd graders at Sandhills Primary School. Here’s a bit of her story in her own words:
“Throughout my childhood, I had a mild stuttering deficit; and at age 12, I asked my mom for help. I received speech therapy for six months, and my stuttering was cured. The experience impacted my life so strongly that I decided I wanted to be a speech pathologist right then.
What I love most about my job is making a difference in children’s lives by improving their communication, social skills, and academic performance. Every day I get to create ways for each student to be able to express themselves and learn in a public-school setting.
The hardest part of being a speech pathologist in a public-school is the diversity of disorders I encounter, which includes articulation, language, voice, and fluency. Scheduling students to best address their needs is a challenge. I would tell people who are considering entering the profession to choose teaching only if they love children and feel called to teach.
The most satisfying part of my day is being around children. We learn from each other.”