- Written by Marianne Umphlett
When I was just nine years old, I taught my three-year-old brother to read. I would read and re-read all of Dr. Seuss’ books to my brother until he completely memorized them, and we’d show our parents how he could read a book. Looking back, that experience established my love for reading and teaching and may have been the catalyst for my career as a speech-language pathologist. One summer, inspired by the book mobile and cozy RV that came to our street each week so we could check out books, I decided to build my own library for neighborhood friends. I cleaned out my closet and filled it with children’s books. I even glued cards in the back of the books with slips of paper for checkout. Then, I told friends that my new library had opened, and I think a few even checked out a book or two. That love of learning and sharing information has been a part of me since I can remember. Now, there are numerous teachers in our family, as well as three speech-language pathologists including me and two of my cousins. And I couldn’t be prouder to be among them.