It’s hard to believe we’re entering the final stretch of the school year! Though Spring is here, we’re still welcoming the incredible new staff members who joined the Wolf community this year. Next up, we’d like to introduce you to our newest Speech & Language Pathologist – Jay Still! Learn all about Jay in our latest We Are Wolf interview!
1. Can you briefly tell us about your background?
I grew up in Warwick and have lived in Rhode Island my entire life. I come from a small family that means a lot to me. I earned both my bachelor’s and my master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. Throughout my graduate school experience, I worked in a school with complex learners and a Magnet elementary school. These experiences have provided me with the skills and experiences I will use to be the best SLP I can be.
2. What do you find to be the most rewarding part of being an SLP?
The most rewarding part of being an SLP to me is getting to make a difference in the lives of the individuals I teach. I love seeing the impact hard work can make and how hard students work to achieve their goals. I saw from a young age how important communication is and I could not imagine how hard it must be for individuals who struggle with it. I knew that helping with communicative difficulties was going to be my mission so I could work to help.
3. What motivated you to want to work with Complex Learners?
When I was in high school I completed my senior project working with unified sports and Special Olympics. I worked closely with complex learners as well as the professionals who teach them. I knew that this was the population that I wanted to work with and had to find a job where I could. Right after high school, I applied to the University of Rhode Island to study Communicative Disorders. Earning two degrees over six years was a difficult task but I knew it was going to pay off. Getting to work at Wolf made it all worth it, I could not ask for a better reward for my hard work.
4. What’s been your favorite thing about working at Wolf so far?
The community at Wolf has been so welcoming, and I have loved getting to know all of the students and staff. From the first day I walked in, everyone has welcomed me with open arms. The Wolf community always has a positive attitude which makes it a great place to work. I am very thankful to be in such a great learning environment. Additionally, the Immersion Model© that Wolf employs is a wonderful model to teach. Being a part of every step of the students learning experience is unique and allows me to help them each step of the way.
5. Who are some role models in your own life?
My first role model is my grandmother. She taught me how to work hard and what it means to be a part of a family. She taught me to be caring and that we all need to stick together. I use this mentality every day at work. When a person becomes my student they become my family and I will do my best to help them however I can. All of my family members are role models to me in their own ways. They have always inspired me to work hard and be the change I aspired to be. My last role model may be a little silly but it is Tom Brady. Tom does his best every day. No matter how old he gets, he always reaches for greatness. I try to use this outlook in my life, by never getting content and always striving to be better.
Welcome to Wolf, Jay! We are thrilled to have you here and know you will make such a difference at our school! Want to read more? Check out past We Are Wolf interviews!