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About Our School | Staff Profiles

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Shannon Simonson, M.A., | Director of Education and Social Services
Christine Binko | Teacher's Aide
Sara Coffey, SLP, |Speech Therapist
Kathy Gallagher | Preschool Teacher
Lisa Herlicy, M.A., | Teacher of the Deaf
Deborah Karres, Ph.D. | Education Specialist
Eileen Lantrip | Preschool Teacher
Rose Phung, SLP | Speech Therapist
Angeline Seah| Teacher's Aide

Shannon Simonson has over 10 years of experience working with children with hearing loss and their families. Shannon was a teacher for children with hearing loss from age three to seven. Later, Shannon became a family counselor, helping families understand their childís rights and needs. Shannon founded an after school homework program as well as a summer camp for children with hearing loss. In her work, Shannon has developed collaborations with many other organizations including the YMCA, Chinatown Beacon Center, and the Boys and Girls Club, creating opportunities for children as well as staff to learn about hearing loss and increasing resources available to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Shannon is a member of the steering committee for the Special Needs Inclusion Project of the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families. She is also a consultant for the nonprofit, Hear Me, providing education about hearing loss and children. Shannon has also provided advice to city agencies and community organizations about providing appropriate accommodations for children with hearing loss. Shannon Simonson holds a MA degree in Special Education with a focus on Deaf Education and a Bachelors degree in Social Work.

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Sara Coffey is a licensed speech pathologist who obtained her masterís degree at San Francisco State University in Communicative Disorders. She originally earned a bachelorís degree in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Psychology from Marist College. She spent seven years in the classroom teaching both general education and children with speech and language disorders. After receiving her masterís degree, she joined the staff at the Auditory Oral School to focus on working with deaf and hard of hearing toddlers and preschool aged children. In addition, she also provides individual speech and language therapy to children and adults to address articulation and language. Sara is committed to helping children in the community improve their listening, understanding, and speaking skills.

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Kathy Gallagher is the Lead Teacher at San Francisco Kid’s Academy –the mainstream preschool at the Hearing and Speech Center. Kathy has over 17 years of experience working with children and their families, including 10 years of owning and operating her own full day preschool. Kathy has led the Kids Academy for the past four years, bringing creative and interactive activities together for students and parents. She strives to make each child in her care feel special and liked. She is committed to working with families to ensure that her program meets her students’ individual developmental needs.

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Lisa Herlicy is a Teacher of the Deaf at the Auditory Oral School. Lisa has a Bachelorís degree in Communicative Disorders, a Masterís degree in Special Education in 2002 (emphasis in deaf and hard of hearing) and an Education Specialist Credential in 2003 (emphasis in deaf and hard of hearing) at San Francisco State University. In 2004, she began providing services as an itinerant teacher on the staff of the Auditory-Oral School serving elementary school children through grade 12. In 2004 she began teaching the Pre-Kindergarten auditory-oral classroom and then moved to the Kindergarten-2nd grade auditory-oral classroom where she taught until 2010. In 2010 she changed classes to teach Pre-K through 1st grade where she currently teaches. Her family has a long history of profound hearing loss and she wants to help people with hearing loss be successful and happy communicators.

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Dr. Deborah Karres, our infant/toddler specialist is excited to have the opportunity to incorporate her focus on early education needs, developmentally appropriate learning, and communicative skills development into this new program. She has over 25 years of experience addressing the needs of learners who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf blind, or communicatively challenged, including students with autism spectrum disorder, and behavioral, learning, or emotional challenges. As a teacher and diagnostician, she has experience serving student needs across a range of communication modes and placement options. Dr. Karres brings experiences to the Hearing and Speech Center which include serving northern California school districts and training teachers at the university level in California and Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Rose Phung received her Master of Science in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Language Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied linguistics, French, and Italian. Her clinical experience includes working with toddlers, preschoolers, and middle and high school students. Prior to her career as a speech-language pathologist, Rose worked as an educator in early childhood education, and was a teaching assistant a private school. She currently works on communication goals with the children and families of our Auditory Oral School, and also provides services to our community members with a variety of communicative needs, such as phonological disorders and expressive and receptive language delays. She is a heritage speaker of Cantonese. She is excited to have joined the team here at the Center, where she can serve the diverse population of the Bay Area.

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Angie Seah is a preschool teacher at the Kids Academy since 2007 working with kids ages two to five years old. Previously, she was a teacher's aide at the Auditory Oral School from 2000-2004. Angie is a parent of a hearing impaired son with a cochlear implant.
Fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

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