Emilee Cooley is a new Speech Language Pathology (SLP) teacher at Donelson Elementary, and already is building a solid program. Cooley says, “Language and communication is the foundation in which all of these kids will build upon for the rest of their lives. Not only do I get to be a part of building it but I also get to find all the weak spots and strengthen them.”
Cooley decided to become a teacher at Ouachita Baptist University where she received her undergraduate before continuing on to get her masters at Missouri State. “I took an intro class in college as a filler class and just fell in love with it and the ability to help people in different ways,” she says. According to Cooley, her favorite thing about teaching is “giving someone their means to communicate their thoughts for the first time.”
“We have a lot of fun in here. They are always teaching me something new, like dancing, games, and lingo,” says Cooley. After 10 years of teaching SLP, she thinks, “it is one of the most rewarding jobs. I’m a better person because of this career choice.”
When she isn’t teaching, Cooley states, “I spend time with my husband and three boys.” In the short time Emilee Cooley has been teaching at Donelson Elementary, she has truly made a positive impact on the community and students.