One Class at a Time: Helping students speak out

By WEEK Producer

April 23, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM CDT

WYOMING, Ill. -- Taylor Anderson loves the young kids with whom she works at Stark County Elementary School. She's a speech pathologist, and the winner of the HOI 19 news and CEFCU One Class at a Time $1,000 grant.

Anderson's been a speech pathologist at Stark County Elementary for 3 years now, and admits she got a tad teary-eyed when she saw the One Class at a Time grant.

"I'm so thrilled, because therapy materials are very limited here, so it will make a big difference in that room," said Anderson.

Anderson plans to spend her grant money on large-ticket items such as an IPad mini, special photo cards, smaller tools for articulation and pronunciation; anything to help engage the students.

She was nominated by school psychologist Kelly Juskiv.

Anderson, known by her students as "The Speech Teacher," says helping a child overcome their communication shortfalls her passion.

"Where they can communicate wherever they are in the community, whether in school or outside of the school, knowing they can be confident in talking to their peers and adults, and relating what they want to say," said Anderson.