Name: Tisha Syrus
Grade/subject at what school: Preschool through fourth-grade speech-language pathologist, Monon Trail Elementary
Number of years teaching: Seven
Background/Schooling (college and high school):
Whitko High School, South Whitley, Ind.
Bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech sciences, Purdue University.
Master’s degree in speech-language pathology, Purdue University.
Why did you become a teacher? The main reason t I became a SLP is because I wanted to make a difference in other lives. There truly is no greater feeling for me than when a child accomplishes a skill in which he/she thought was unattainable. Seeing the success in the eyes of the student at that time is a wonderful and rewarding feeling.
What goals do you have for your students? I want my students to become lifelong learners that always strive to accomplish their personal best in all situations. I also want my students to understand accomplishing their goals comes from dedication and hard work, even when tasks are challenging.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I encourage parents to talk with their children every day; asking their children how their day was, encouraging them to share details about what occurred. Not only will this expand and build upon a healthy relationship between the parents and their children, but it will also build on the vocabulary skills of the children at the same time!
Name your favorite movie. I love the movie “National Lampoon’s Family Vacation.”
Name your favorite musician or band. Maroon 5.
What’s something your students might not know about you? I truly enjoy traveling, specifically to the beach, and being outdoors. I also love watching sports, especially Purdue and the Colts, and can be super competitive!