Carolyn Frances Thompson

Title: Speech and Language Pathologist, Adjunct Professor, SOL Tutor
Company: Landstown High School
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

Carolyn Frances Thompson, Speech and Language Pathologist, Adjunct Professor and SOL Tutor at Landstown High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in speech and language.

Ms. Thompson became involved in her profession after she left Trenton State majoring in elementary education. She wanted to pursue teaching because she really loved education and had a great social life. She then went to volunteer at a cerebral therapy clinic and met with a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist. That is when she knew she wanted to be a Speech-Language Pathologist. Ms. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech correction from Trenton State College in 1964. From there, she received a Master of Arts in speech-language pathology from Columbia University in 1965. Upon completion of her degree, Ms. Thompson became a certified speech-language pathologist.

Ms. Thompson’s career highlight was when she and a friend went to Oregon to be educated by Dr. Ellyn Arwood from the University of Portland. When they saw her, they were surprised by how small she was walking up on stage. Ms. Thompson asked her questions and people gasped since nobody really asks her questions. She then developed a methodology called picturing language and it illustrates exactly what the text is reading. One little girl looked at her and told her “You know I can read, but until you started drawing I had no idea what those words meant”. Another student named Bobby Joe, who was in 9th grade couldn’t read and write, once she implemented her method to him he was able to write a two-page paper and present it to the whole class. Ms. Thompson began her career in 1965, as a speech-language pathologist at Mount Carmel Guild Speech Hearing Center until 1966. The following year she joined Lawrence Township Public Schools in the same role until 1968. In 1972, she became a speech-language pathologist with East Lyme Public Schools until 1976. For the following two years, Ms. Thompson went to the Philippines to work at the Department of Defense Dependent School as a speech-language pathologist. In 1980, she joined the Virginia Beach City Schools as a speech-language pathologist, remaining until 2005. Since 2007, she has held the role of adjunct professor at Regent University and since 2013, she has been an English 11 SOL tutor at Landstown High School. As a testament to her success, Ms. Thompson has been named Teach of the Year by Ocean Lake High School from 1994 to 1995 and received the DiCarlo Award by the Association of Teachers of English, Speech, and Hearing in 1991. She is also listed in the 3rd edition of Who’s Who in American Education and the 21st edition of Who’s Who of American Women.

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