About Me

Welcome, welcome, welcome…

My name is Katie and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) working and thriving in Wasilla, Alaska since July 2013. I moved up here and signed a direct contract for the Mat-Su Borough School district and completed my Clinical Fellowship in a K-12 Elementary school. I worked in elementary schools, homebound placements, and homeschool programs. I have also worked as an Assistive Technology specialist with the school district as well.

Since August 2017, I’ve been working in a newly formed private clinic specializing in developmental and behavioral disorders. I am the only therapist in the building, surrounded by supportive Neuropsycholgists, counselors, nurse practitioners, and a Pediatrician. Such fun! We have many fun things happening at our clinic that keep me on my toes. Maybe I’ll find the time to consistently blog again. Who knows. Until then, this is me and where I live, the Mat-Su Valley  …

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So why should you read my blog? Let me break it down into 5 simple reasons:

  1. I live and work in Alaska but I was born and raised in Georgia. I’m pretty adventurous and crazy, and love this profession.
  2. Check out comments and posts on SLP graduate school and Clinical Fellowship questions.
  3. Read amusing stories about SLP Graduate school, my Clinical Fellowship journey, and now through the journey of SLP. Whether you are in the same boat or riding the waves of  CCC-SLP, I have a feeling we have much in common.
  4. ASHA isn’t writing about the real, day-to-day craziness of graduate school, clinical fellowships, or SLP work…so keep me accountable so we can keep them accountable. #RealTalk
  5. At the end of the day, we are all still learning and growing…so let’s do it together so we don’t all feel like a big glass of nectar-thick, luke-warm water. (Eww)

I try to update no more than 5 times a month so your Inbox won’t be bedazzled with “SLP_Echo” email-blasts every day. Trust me with your choice to follow…I won’t break the trust bond we now have. *Pinky Promise*


Don’t be afraid to connect with me via social media or email. I have received many emails from future SLP grad students asking for me to read letters of intent – Those are my FAVORITE! Just be warned…I am not great at responding when work life is crazy. I also love hearing from people with questions about moving to Alaska and working as an SLP. It’s been quite the adventure and if you want to have a similar experience – EMAIL ME. Scroll down a little further and let’s chat!

I receive several emails a day, so please forgive any delay – work keeps me busy, but you, my lovely readers, keep me sane.


14 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey, you were entered into my Movember contest for a spot on my blog’s banner since you donated and liked Bloggers for Movember on Facebook. Please let me know if you would like to accept the prize!

  2. Aaron Sewell

    Hi Katie! Great blog you have here, very informative for someone like me who is just looking into the SLP career track. I was wondering if you have any advice, I hold a BS in business management and am looking for a career change for a more rewarding career. How hard are the prerequisite and grad school classes for someone like me that doesn’t have a big clinical background?
    Thanks for the info!

  3. Julie

    Hi Katie
    I love your blog and stumbled upon it while I was looking at SLP jobs in alaska. I also am interested in a job up in the mat- su valley school district. How do I follow your personal blog? I’m interested to hear how you adjust to alaska.

  4. kristinasutton

    Hi Katie!

    I love your blog!

    I am currently finishing up grad school in speech, and considering relocating to Alaska for my CFY. I see that you’ve been through many of the decisions I’m making right now in my own life, and I would really love if we could chat and I could get some perspective.

    I couldn’t find your email anywhere on your page, so I’m contacting you through this comment…. I would really appreciate any advice on this process. My email is Kristina.r.sutton@gmail.com if you had a spare moment. 🙂

    Thanks so much,


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  6. Cristina S.

    I am an undergrad and will be graduating at the end of this semester. I applied to one graduate program at the same school that I attend, and yesterday I received a rejection letter. I am very upset about it, and had a couple hours of feeling hopeless. After two hours I decided that feeling sorry for myself is not going to help me at all, I put it on my refrigerator door to remind myself everyday, that no matter what, I will work hard to reach my goal.
    I am married, have two children, have a crazy busy schedule and am graduating with a 3.3 overall GPA, 3.6 in the department. I know that my GPA is not good, and that it’s probably what bought me that rejection. How can someone in my position improve their chances at getting accepted? Is that GPA going to continue to kill my chances?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Because I have a family, I can not simply pick everything up and move in order to attend graduate school…. I plan to apply to a few schools next year, and I hope to make my application stand out enough to buy myself a chance at pursuing my dream!
    BTW thanks for the blog, it’s pretty great. Nice to read comments from others that are in similar situations as mine, and to know I’m not alone. 🙂

    1. Cristina, once you graduate it’s hard to do anything academically to improve the hard numbers of your application. I would take this year to try and find a place to observe or work in a program that deals with the populations SLPs serve. Also, consider asking current professors if there will be any research opportunities after you graduate that you can still assist with. Connect with current SLPs in your area that could serve as references next year. You can actually enter SLP grad school with 50 SLP hours. 25 are obserbation, but if an SLP with CCCs observes you doing direct therapy, it can count and put on your resume.
      Hope that helps! Feel free to get in touch via my contact page.

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  8. Lindsey F.

    I am currently looking at starting Graduate School next year in the Spring. I definitely appreciate all the honest and helpful tips you have provided especially on the GRE. I have always been pretty bad at standardized test but your insight into what to aim for is really helpful! I have only taken it once and already I am in the score range you suggested. (Can’t decide whether or not to tackle that test again)

    In all of my worries I appreciate your ability to answer questions that have been plaguing me since I decided this major was for me!

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