Hello! I’m Mrs. Fears. After spending five years as the speech-language pathologist for Freer Elementary, I joined the Middle School and High School staffs four years ago as both the speech-language pathologist and the teacher of the gifted. I love being with the older kids, and I especially enjoy teaching the OWL students! Here is a bit of my history:
I’m a Jefferson County native and a graduate of Hillsboro High School. I attended two years of college at Southwest Missouri State University before getting married and moving to northern California. While my husband finished his enlistment in the Air Force, I attended California State University-Sacramento, where I earned both my Bachelors and Masters degrees in speech-language pathology. We then moved back to Missouri, and I did some per diem work at local nursing homes before taking a full time position with the Special School District of St. Louis County.
My first year was split between Wydown Middle School in Clayton and Hixson Junior High in Webster Groves. Here I completed the requirements for my Clinical Fellowship Year and earned a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Next, I worked in the Bayless School District for three years, providing speech-language services for the Intermediate, Junior High, and High Schools. I left that position to spend a year at home after our daughter was born (she would be joined by a baby brother two years later), then I went back to work for Special School District’s after-school program two evenings a week. When our daughter started kindergarten, I decided it didn’t make sense to leave for work just as she was getting home from school, so I devoted my time to volunteering at our church instead. By the time our son started kindergarten, I was ready to go back to work full-time. Luckily for me, a speech-language position became available in our home school district, and I joined the staff at Freer Elementary in August of 2006. For the 2010-2011 school year, my duties extended to Windsor Elementary as well.
As much as I enjoyed my time at Freer, I always knew that I wanted to return to working with older children. For two very personal “reasons,” I became interested in the gifted and talented and soon found myself pursuing additional certification in the area of gifted education. As luck would have it, the Middle School/High School speech-language pathologist decided to retire at the same time that the secondary gifted education position became available. Since both of these were considered half-time positions, they combined to create my full-time dream job. I have been blessed to work in this capacity now for the past six years.
As I embark on my seventh year as speech-language pathologist and teacher of the “Outstanding Windsor Learners” for the Middle School and High School, I am so thankful for this opportunity. I love the challenges and rewards that working with this age group provides! I look forward to another year of learning with and from my students.
(updated August 2017)