Hillary grew up right outside of Buffalo, New York. She graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) with a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences, earning the department’s “Outstanding Senior Award” for having attained the highest grade point average and having delivered outstanding service to the university. Hillary also attended SUNY Buffalo for her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Throughout her studies, Hillary worked in several of the department’s speech disorders research labs. Additionally, she served as a tutor to underclassmen in the Communicative Disorders and Sciences major as well as an academic coach to students studying a wide variety of disciplines. Hillary also held officer positions in both the university’s undergraduate and graduate speech and hearing clubs. Hillary is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities and received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association in 2016. Hillary has an ongoing passion for working with young students to improve their communication abilities and academic skills. Early on, Hillary’s mother, who is also a speech-language pathologist, introduced Hillary to the profession by providing her with opportunities to volunteer at multiple organizations for children with developmental disabilities. It was there that she determined that she wanted to be a speech-language pathologist and help children communicate more effectively. She believes that all children deserve a chance to reach their goals and improve their speech and language abilities in order to succeed in the classroom and out in the community. One of Hillary’s favorite parts of working at PS 527 is the value placed on and the opportunities provided to collaborate as a team with other related service providers, educators, and family members. She truly believes that this is the best way to ensure that each student receives the individualized treatment that allows them to reach their highest potential. Throughout graduate school, Hillary worked with clients of all ages from diverse backgrounds who presented with a wide range of communication needs in both the university’s clinic and in the Buffalo community. Hillary completed her student teaching placements at a public elementary school, where she worked with students placed in both general education and special education classrooms, and at a school for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Hillary has worked at PS 527 since the 2015-2016 school year and has grown as a professional through her experiences and ongoing continuing education. Hillary loves working with the students and staff at PS 527. She believes that the school’s nurturing environment, which places a strong emphasis on kindness, empathy, and emotional intelligence, partnered with a rigorous curriculum, is the perfect environment for both academic and social-emotional growth. Hillary works hard to understand each student’s specific needs and to use flexible and creative therapy techniques to meet the students where they are at in order to allow for success and progress. Hillary also works to be a present member of the PS 527 community, encouraging students, parents, and teachers to look to her for support. In addition, Hillary is part of the school's Student Support Team where she meets with other special education providers to develop plans for addressing students’ needs. She is also a member of the Mental Health Committee, which meets to discuss and provide resources in order to enhance the social-emotional wellbeing of the entire school community. Outside of working as a speech-language pathologist, Hillary enjoys exploring the city, traveling, reading, and spending time outdoors with her friends and family. Hillary is excited to return to PS 527 for the upcoming school year and is eager to see the East Side School for Social Action continue to grow. She believes in the positive values taught at the school and is happy to carry them over into her therapy sessions.