Greenwood High School – Greenwood, Arkansas – May 1987
BA in Speech-Theatre with a minor in elementary education – Fayetteville State University – Fayetteville, NC – May 1993
MSP in Speech-Language Pathology – The University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC – August 2003
Certificate of Clinical Competence/Speech-Language Pathology – American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist – Kansas
Previously licensed in Arkansas and Georgia
I began my career with Keystone Learning Services in August 2017. I have been based at ACCS and also serve John Dewey Learning Academy in Ozawkie.
Happily married since October 1990 to my colleget sweetheart, Paul Frederick
2 Shih Tzus
1 guinea pig
5 barn cats
For the first 24 ½ years of our married life, I happily followed my husband around the army. Our first assgnment was Ft. Bragg (Fayetteville), NC. Gregory was born in NC. After 4 years there, the army sent us to Ft. Bliss (El Paso), TX for 6 months for school then it was on to Germany for 4 years. From 1995-1997 we were in the small town of Giebelstadt, south of Wurzburg. While in Giebelstadt, we were blessed with the birth of Cassidy. In 1997, we were sent down to Ansbach, south of Nurenburg. Our son Michael was born in a German hospital in Rothenburg, a famous ancient walled city. Sadly, we had to leave Germany in March 1999 and were sent to Ft. Jackson (Columbia), SC. It was there that speech-langauge pathology chose me and I attended graduate school at The University of South Carolina. After Paul’s return from Kuwait in July 2004, we were sent to Ft. MacPherson (Atlanta), GA. In July 2007, it was time to pack up again. This time, Paul went to Korea and the children and I went home to live near his family in western-central Arkansas. Our original plan was for him to return to Arkansas, take a job teaching ROTC in Arkansas and retire. However, as we learned over the course of a 24 year career, the army had other plans. Upon his return in November 2008, he was sent to Ft. Leavenworth, KS. The children and I stayed in Arkansas until July 2011 so that our oldest son could graduate high school. In July 2011, we once again packed everyone up and we moved to Ft. Leavenworth into a beautiful historic home. After the completion of his 5th and final deployment, this last one to Afghanistan, Paul submitted his retirement papers and officially retired from the army on October 31, 2014. During the summer of 2014, we made our final move to our dream home – an old farmhouse on a 40 acre farm north of McLouth.
Our post-army life has included both of us serving as volunteer firefighters and me also as a volunteer EMT with the McLouth fire department.
My favorite thing to do is to be outside, specifically in a kayak or hiking the many trails in the area. I’m an active member of Dirty Girl Adventures and absolutely love spending a day out on the Kaw or exploring area lakes. As a family, we love to camp so we often load up our camper and our kayaks to enjoy the beauty of Kansas. We also love to pile into the truck and hit the roads, exploring our adopted home state.
When it’s too cold to kayak, you’ll find me with yarn between my fingers, happily knitting away.