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Winter Fab Five

Winter 2020 Newsletter -> Spotlight

SPG is proud to shine the spotlight on the winter newsletter’s Fab Five!

Julia Evans

 My position with SPG is a Senior Clinical Supervisor with Bright Path. I am an Occupational Therapist and spend four days a week working in a school district in Belmont with the majority of my students coming from special day classes. The rest of my time is spent providing clinical support to OTs and helping with interviews, webinars, newsletters, and more!


What motivates you to wake up and go to work each day?

I love the team aspect of therapy and working together with others to solve problems and come up with solutions.


What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I try to attend at least one college football game each season, preferably for one of my alma maters, BYU or USC.


A tip to share with your colleagues:

A good evaluation is a piece of persuasive writing. Build your case throughout the report so that everyone who reads it will be able to understand why you made your conclusions and recommendations at the end.

Michele Rodriguez

I am a Speech Language Pathologist working in the Central Valley currently in Madera/Mariposa County. I specialize in AAC, working with the students in moderate to severe SDCs from preschool to adult transition classes.


What motivates you to wake up and go to work each day?

What motivates me to wake up each day are my kids. To go to work it is the same thing. My goals for my students are the same as my children.


What is a fun fact about you?

Random fact about me is I would rather shop for kitchen tools and gadgets than shoes or clothes.


A tip to share with your SPG colleagues:

“When you focus on problems you will have more problems. When you focus on possibilities you will have more opportunities.” This quote is what I strive to achieve with my students. Trying not to focus on how cognitively low or what they can’t do but looking at their strengths such as a twinkle in their eye when you make a joke and their attempt to hit that switch for more.


KM Gonzalez

I am a Recruiting Systems Analyst. I work with the recruiting/admin team to attract new talent and help the company grow.


What motivates you to wake up and go to work each day?

I am motivated to come in to work each day to keep growing professionally. I also enjoy seeing the results of our recruitment efforts. It feels very rewarding every time we hire a new employee!


What is a fun fact about you?

I spend most of my free time either working out or playing the piano.


A tip to share with your SPG colleagues:

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” – Dalai Lama


Jennifer Tamblyn

I am a school based-SLP, and have been with SPG since 2004.  I work with preschool, elementary and middle school students.  I am also dually certified as an audiologist.


What motivates you to wake up and go to work each day?

My motivation to go to work each day is definitely the reward of seeing the impact I am making on the special education population.  My confidence as an SLP continues to grow daily, and this helps me to stay motivated and get me through those harder days when things may not go my way.


What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I have a photographic memory! I learned this at an early age, and it was a skill that no doubt saved me throughout my college and graduate school exams!


A tip to share with your SPG colleagues:

A tip that I have for my SPG colleagues is to avoid burnout by delegating. We can all agree that there are never hours in the day to get everything done. I have learned that I can do anything, but I cannot do everything. Reminding myself of this has helped me to delegate more, not say yes to everything, and to do my best at those things that I do say yes to.


Jasmin Kirvin

I am an RBT at Berkeley Unified, which is a full inclusion school district. I provide support to a hilarious student at Oxford Elementary.


What motivates you to wake up and go to work each day?
What motivates me is knowing that I am helping my students to access their free public education. It is also very rewarding to watch my students build confidence, develop skills necessary to participate in class, and become more and more independent at school.


What is a fun fact about you?

I love to travel!  My love for exploration has taken me far and wide.  In the picture above, I am taking a selfie with a smiling camel in the Sahara Desert.  It had also just rained; a rare phenomenon!


A tip to share with your SPG colleagues:

Get outdoors! As a busy person, I sometimes find it difficult to make time to enjoy the great outdoors. Even going for a quick stroll after a hard day’s work can help you to unwind.