We are happy to share insight into "Miss Abbey" as many of us know her by.
Born + raised?
I was born in Peoria and Lived here my entire life until leaving for college.
College + career? I received my undergrad at Saint Louis University and my graduate degree in Speech Language Pathology, at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. After graduation, I moved to Virginia Beach with my husband and worked in an elementary school for 5 years, serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, preK-4th, as a Speech Therapist. We moved back to Peoria in 2009 and I started Communication Junction to continue sharing my passion for early communication and language development.
My husband was born in St Louis, but moved to South Africa when he was three months old. His father is from Johannesburg and his mother from Peoria. At age 15 he moved back to Peoria with his mom and sister. He graduated from Woodruff Highschool. He received his undergraduate degree from South West Missouri State University (now Missouri State) and his graduate degree from University of Virginia. After graduate school he received a Commission from the Navy and was active duty for 6 years. He is currently serving in the Naval Reserve and is a Civil Engineer, locally, with River City Construction.
Your kiddos? Owen (9 almost 10) and Colin (8) keep us going. Both are involved in local running and summer swimming. Owen, who will be in 5th grade, also enjoys acting, singing, reading and "all the sports". Colin, entering 3rd grade, enjoys Martial Arts, being home and reading.
How did Communcation Junction meet Bushbaby? Bethany and I originally met when I stopped into BushBaby shopping for my kids. We quickly became great friends and CJ was invited to petticoats in her 1st birthday party. From there we have continuously looked for opportunities to work together, combining our love for children, outdoors and fun!
Thank you ABBEY for sharing you with us! You can find Abbey at Bushbaby on the first Saturday of every month. We have taken Sign + Sing to Donovan Park through September 9th, starting at 9am. We will be back at Bushbaby in October at 9:15am. For more information on Communication Junction events, find them on facebook or on their website.