Kirsten Schwarz is a lecturer in the Teaching and Learning Department in the School of Education. Born and raised in Miami, FL, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Florida. She went on to earn her Master of Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University where she is currently completing her doctoral degree in education with a major in speech-language pathology. Her current research focuses on the language-literacy connection.
Kirsten has also worked with Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 14 years servicing elementary, middle, and high school students. Kirsten is fluent in American Sign Language, serves as an adviser to several campus organizations and local non-profits, and also provides baby sign language workshops for parents and families.
Kirsten is committed to staying up-to-date on the latest research and evidence-based practices. In 2001, Kirsten earned her National Board Teaching Certificate as an Exceptional Needs Specialist, focusing on students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Kirsten truly loves working with her students at the University and seeing them master American Sign Language both in the classroom and during the community experiences. Kirsten also provides local, state, and national trainings for educators, other team members, and families to further enhance early intervention and appropriate referrals as well as increase the carryover of skills learned in therapy.
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