Lindsay grew up outside of Boston and received her B.S. in Communication Sciences from the University of Vermont. She graduated from WCU with a M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2005 and has spent the last 14 years providing speech/language therapy here in Western NC to children with disabilities of all ages. Her love for the NC mountains started much earlier though as she spent her childhood visiting family in Asheville and vowed to live there one day. Her areas of expertise include speech sound disorders, preschool/school age language, Autism, social language, and supervision of graduate students. Her experience of parenting a child with special needs (including dyslexia) has improved her practice as she has experienced the Exceptional Children’s world from both sides of the table. It has also sparked an interest in all things related to reading instruction, including the science behind how children learn to read, why some children struggle learning to read and what educators can do to help all students become proficient readers. The combination of the above experience along with Lindsay’s long time identity as a book lover are the recipe for a caring, committed and passionate educator for struggling readers. Lindsay is excited to expand her role at MDCS this year to include working with student’s requiring school-based speech/language therapy as well as Title One Reading Support. Lindsay loves being a part of the MDCS community! She and her husband Jeff live in Sylva. Lindsay is the proud mom to 2 Trailblazers, Nora and Garret. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outside, listening to music, playing board games and reading.