Interview with Brent
Tell us about yourself
I have been a pediatric SLPA since 2015 and I have learned a ton since then! I am also currently taking classes towards earning my master’s degree with NAU in my journey to becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist. When I’m not at work or working on classwork, I’m spending time with my family. I have 2 boys and a new baby girl at home with my amazing wife. My life is busy, but I love every minute of it!
Why did you become a Speech Language Pathology Assistant?
I became an SLPA after being inspired by a student at a school where I was working at. I was able to experience the excitement of helping this student to achieve a new skill in communication. The pride in her eyes with her accomplishment was all it took for me to know what I wanted to do from that point on! I feel so fortunate to have had that experience because it has led me to a wonderful career that I otherwise may never have found!
Why do you think your coworkers nominated you for being innovative?
I think my coworkers nominated me for being innovative because I tend to solve problems in unconventional ways. I love problem-solving and thinking outside the box to find solutions.
What do you love most about working with TEAM 4 Kids?
I love the whole experience of working for TEAM 4 Kids! From the family of coworkers to the kiddos and families that I get to work with every day! The drive that I see in my patients and their families inspires me daily and I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of each of their journeys through the speech therapy world!
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
If I could make one wish, it would be to be able to time travel! I’m a history geek and there are so many people throughout history that I would love to talk to and learn from!
Nominations for Brent:
“Brent has fixed various toys and parts of the clinic in Peoria by being innovative! He has fixed the ball toy tower and the ceiling using hot glue AND popsicle sticks. You can always count on Brent to come up with a creative solution for various problems!”
“Brent is creative with working with his speech kids and also finds ways to fix toys or items in the clinic.”
“Brent is always thinking about new ways to help the team or the clinic. He uses creative approaches to target his goals!”
“He always takes the initiative to fix things and come up with new treatment ideas.”
“Brent is always looking for solutions when needed. He did a makeshift fix of the roof in the pre-k room with popsicle sticks and he is always looking for innovative ways to help explain things to kiddos.”
“He is always coming up with ways to fix toys and cool ways to work on goals with the kids.”