In this last episode in this Day in the Life of a School Based series, Katie Widestrom-Landgraf and Mattie Murrey-Tegels reflect on what they gleaned from the conversations and guests.
Hear what they expected going into the series, their highlights, what resonated between fields, and why it’s important to talk about the upsides and challenges in the roles of SLPs.
Discussion & Reflection Question
- What was the highlight of this school-based series for you? How can you share any highlights or new insights with others?
- Have you learnt any tips and tricks from our school based SLPs on how to deal with the various challenges faced in the roles that you can apply?
- Are there things you hear from SLP working in other fields or specialties that resonate for you in yours and have made you realize you’re not alone?
- Whether school-based or medical, what would you like to hear guests on future episodes talk about or explore further?
- What are your own personal nuggets of wisdom that you’ve learned from your own SLP experience that you can pass onto others?
Katie is a speech-language pathologist who has worked in both medical and educational settings for over 20 years. She presently works with adolescents in a large suburban high school.
Katie is a past president of the Minnesota Speech-Language Hearing Association (MNSHA). She has collaborated with the MN Dept. of Education to expand the understanding of oral language as critical neurodevelopmental infrastructure for academic achievement processes.
Katie is most passionate about helping students develop their language skills as a tool for thought, wonderment, questioning and curiosity…and of course communication. When Katie is not working with the students on her caseload, she is still working with students to develop their communication and self-expression as a high school forensics coach.
Katie enjoys great conversations and connections where one loses a sense of time, fabulous dining experiences, transcendent cups of coffee and books that are so good she negotiates with her alarm clock so that she might finish just one more chapter.
Contact Katie Widestrom-Landgraf
“There’s an authenticity that was through every episode. It was affirming for me to hear so many folks from all different parts of the country, and from all of these different settings, singing from the same songbook. We love this job and continue to do this job for those connections. Golden nuggets of wisdom that would show up in different episodes, that I have thought about for weeks after the episode.”
– Katie Widestrom-Landgraf
“We’re striving to just shed light in our field on what SLPs can do. If you’re a med based SLP and thinking of stepping into the schools, this series is for you. If you’re a school based SLP and want to know more about what’s out there, this series is for you.”
– Mattie Murrey Tegels
Mattie Murrey Tegel, MA, CCC-SLP, L, CPC, CLSC
Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Founder of Fresh SLP.
Mattie Murrey-Tegels is the founder and SLP behind Fresh SLP and The Missing Link for SLPs Podcast. She’s been “in-the-trenches” as a medical SLP around the world for over 25 years and now an Assistant Professor for 3 years. She is thrilled to be adding this dream of a podcast because paying her experiences forward is something she is very passionate about. If you ask her patients and students, one thing they will remember is how much she loves her job! She may not look like it but she is a huge introvert and when she is not actively working as an SLP, she is almost always reading, writing (writing over 1,000,000 words a year), or listening to amazing Chicago Blues bands. She also loves being outdoors and definitely enjoys soaking up the sun at her home in Minnesota, where warm and sunny days can be limited. She’s ridden motorcycles for many years, raced sled dogs, hiked huge mountains yet she cherishes the quiet moments of climbing into a hammock to nap or timeless conversations with friends and family.
The Missing Link for SLPs podcast and Fresh SLP is her legacy, giving back to a career that has so richly rewarded her.
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