Taylor Teacher Appointed to State Licensure Board | News
Taylor Elementary School staff recently discovered that they have a distinguished faculty member among their ranks. Ms. Erica Chatelain was appointed earlier this year to the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Licensure Board.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s website promotes the board as one that will, “protect the public health, safety, and welfare and to protect the public from being misled by incompetent, unscrupulous, and unauthorized persons.”
While Ms. Chatelain is in her eighth year as a speech therapist, this is her first year at Taylor Elementary. Prior to her employment with the District, Ms. Chatelain worked at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and in private practice.
Ms. Chatelain is the Lead PEC, or special education, teacher at Taylor Elementary, which includes working with parents, as well as working with teachers setting IEP goals. She and a fellow therapist at Taylor serve a group of about 30 students in the school.
The appointment to the licensure board came from a recommendation made by the Georgia Speech Hearing Association (GSHA). The final decision was made by Governor Nathan Deal based on the GSHA recommendation and Ms. Chatelain’s résumé.
In addition to her role at Taylor, Ms. Chatelain will now meet with fellow members of the licensure board throughout the year. The board’s main task is dealing with the licensure of future speech therapists.
“We review license applications for speech pathologists, audiologists, audiologist assistants, and speech-language pathology assistants,” she said.
Members of the board ensure that applicants have met all of the necessary requirements for licensure. The board’s work is not limited to applicants looking for licensure within school districts. Instead, any applicant seeking licensure within the state of Georgia must go through the licensure board. Ms. Chatelain will serve in this capacity for three years.
Ms. Chatelain has served in leadership roles prior to this appointment, and the ability to learn about different therapists is something she appreciates.
“I enjoy getting to know therapists who are from different parts of the state,” she said. “I just enjoy learning more in my field and getting to know others in my field as well.”