Title: Speech-Language Pathologist (Retired)
Company: Plano Independent School District
Location: Plano, TX
Plano, TX, August 2, 2016, Ann Matthews, Retired Speech-Language Pathologist at Plano Independent School District, has been recognized by Elite American Educators, for dedication, achievement and leadership in speech education.
Working in speech-language pathology with students has allowed Ms. Matthews the advantage of honing her gift of creativity. Often thinking outside the box to connect with and heal students, this mentality has translated well into her post-retirement endeavors. In the time since retiring as a pathologist, she has committed her time to working in a hospice to help families accept their loved ones transition, and she has taken up writing and baking to raise funds to help others.
Ms. Matthews prepared for her career in speech-language pathology be earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in communication disorders sciences and services from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She also earned a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Southern Methodist University. Part of what made her so successful in helping children is her natural ability, and her belief that people with disabilities are not defined by their disabilities. She helps families to understand there is no such thing as an autistic child; there are only children who have autism. With this mentality, she has been able to help many families for more than three decades.
As a writer and baker, she combines these skills to form a charity. Working on publishing books about baking she hopes to publish them and use the funds from sales to donate to scholarships. She plans to start an industry based on her recipes of Southern-style pound cakes. Each cake is full of meaning for Ms. Matthews, and she has given them away to loved ones and community members during times of need. Her passion for others has shown in every venture of her life and she hopes to continue helping others.
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