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Child Language Center

Words on Wings - The Child Language Center

202 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85705

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202 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85705

We are located on the Southeast corner of 6th Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.
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Child Language Center
P. O. Box 43123
Tucson, AZ 85733-3123

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(520) 628-1659 – voice
(520) 621-9901 – fax

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Our Staff

ADMINISTRATION:

Carole Wymer Jensen, M.S., CCC-SLP

Carole is the Director of the Child Language Center and on the clinical faculty in the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences at The University of Arizona, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and her Master’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences.  She has served as a Clinical Educator in speech pathology at the UA for 10 years. As a certified and licensed Speech Language Pathologist, Carole’s work has focused on children with a variety of speech and language impairments. She served as the Special Needs Coordinator for Talking Matters, a 4-year Language Consultation Strategy funded by First Things First of Arizona, and prior to her work at the UA, Carole worked in both public school and outpatient pediatric settings. She is a member of American Speech Language and Hearing Association, and is a volunteer and Board Member for Tucson Cancer Conquerors and a volunteer for the Tucson Festival of Books. She loves spending time with her two adult children, and her Collie/Lab, and enjoys books, music and exercise.

Karen Rost Zakerwski, M.A.

Karen is the Director of the Wings on Words Preschool and Toddler program. She was born and raised in the beautiful farm country of western New York where she completed her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood. Upon moving to Tucson, she taught at Head Start and completed her Masters of Education degree in Preschool Special Education at the University of Arizona. Prior to working at WOW Karen directed the preschool special education program in the Marana school district. She has served on the board of the Southern Arizona Association for the Education Young Children (SAzAEYC) and is involved in many community events supporting families and children. She feels fortunate to direct the Wings on Words program and to be working with so many talented and passionate educators. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, hiking, knitting, yoga, going to the movies and spending time with her 2 young grandsons.

SPEECH THERAPY:

Lea Cuzner, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lea is a University of Arizona Clinical Assistant Professor, and Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist at Wings on Words. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Communication Disorders and Speech Sciences, and her Master’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona. She has experience working in Early Intervention (birth to three years of age) with children with hearing-impairment through the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, with preschool students at Wings on Words and in the Marana Unified School District’s Special Needs Preschool Program. Lea has also worked with school-age students in the Sunnyside Unified School District and with the outpatient pediatric population at Tucson Medical Center. She has been a member of several Bilingual Diagnostic Teams providing evaluation services for Spanish-speaking children.  She has traveled and provided speech and language therapy to children in Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay and Mali. She taught courses at the Universidad Estatal de Guayaquil and the Universidad Laica and worked as a trainer of Speech Language Pathologists and Deaf Educators in Ecuador. Lea has also mentored graduate students training to become Speech-Language Pathologists.

Teachers:

Kamilla Boufelfel

Kami is an Instructional Aide in the Hummingbird Room. She received her Bachelor of Arts from University of the Arts, London and is working towards a Masters in Arts Education at the University of Arizona. Kami has worked at Wings on Words since August of 2016 and has contributed to the arts segment of Soaring Summer Camp at WOW for several years.

Sarah Crane

Sarah is the Lead Teacher in the Roadrunner room. She started at Wings on Words as a student aide through the University of Arizona and now coordinates the afternoon at our amazing preschool! She has directed after school and summer programs for private schools here in Tucson. Sarah enjoys integrating her international travel into the Roadrunner classroom.

Adriana Dominguez

Adriana is an Instructional Aide at Wings on Words in the Dove room. Prior to working at Wings on Words, she worked at Child Parent Centers, Head Start. Adriana is currently in the process of earning a BA in Early Childhood Education at The University of Arizona and is a member of both the Southern Arizona and National Associations for the Education of Young Children (SAzAEYC) (NAEYC). Adriana is also an active member of the local Early Childhood Community of Practice, Las Familias, and actively pursues on-going professional development.

Amy Greif

Amy, an Instructional Specialist at Wings on Words since 2010, is currently the Lead Teacher in the Toddler classroom. She is completing an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education. Her experience includes work in the public school special education classrooms and as a volunteer in the TUSD Project Able program. Amy has also worked for Educational Solutions for the 21st Century Learner as a mentor for charter school teachers Pre-K through 2nd grade.

Naomi Drew

Naomi has been an Instructional Aide with Wings on Words since 2011. She is a born and raised Tucson native dedicated to instilling a Love for learning through environmental and explorative play for each and every child at Wings on Words. She plans to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Early Child Education with a minor in Nutritional Science through the University of Arizona. She is an active member of Basis Tucson and North Parent Booster club, and University High School Parent Board. Prior to Wings on Words she was a mother of our program. All three of her children attended Wings on Words and continue to thrive and soar in great schools thanks to a wonderful foundation of language based and literacy learning!

Candy Kennelly

Candy earned a B.A. in Early Childhood from Northern Arizona University. She has served on numerous Boards related to the Early Childhood profession including the Governing Board for the Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (SAzAEYC,) where, as a Student Representative, she organized the first Early Childhood Education Club, and as a member of the Scottish Rite Governing Board for Wings On Words, she chaired and co-chaired annual fundraiser events. Her professional awards and recognition include the University of AZ College of Science Staff Excellence award (March 2003), Outstanding Volunteerism and Dedicated Commitment as a Distinguished member of the Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children Executive Board (July 2006), and a Service Award (Jan 2011), in recognition and appreciation of ten years of dedicated service to the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona. She is a member of SAzAEYC and is an advocate for health and wellness in her classroom, in our school and our community through participation in Tia Chi and yoga through the Capacitar Training program.

Marina McCormick

Marina has been employed with Wings on Words since 2001, and has worked in Early Childhood programs for 24 years. She believes that some of the most important skills she seeks to demonstrate through her teaching, and nurture in young children, are flexibility, patience and love. Marina earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and regularly participates in continuing education opportunities. She was born and raised in Nogales, Mexico, and developed her interest in the Early Childhood profession while her own children were in preschool.

Michelle Piihl

Michele is an Instructional Specialist at Wings On Words and is the Lead Teacher in the Owl room. Prior to working at Wings On Words, she worked in an exceptional education classroom, which gave her great experience facilitating communication skills and behavior strategies with children. Michele has been a part of the WOW team for 16 years in various roles and has worked with all the age groups in the preschool building. In her spare time, Michele enjoys spending time with her grand-kids, participating in outdoor activities and taking care of her numerous animals which currently include a dog, horse, goats and chickens.

Our Wish List

The Child Language Center is a not-for-profit community outreach program that has provided early intervention services to children with speech/language disorders since 1989. Its activities are supported by The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation, the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences at The University of Arizona, and the generosity of individuals and organizations in the Tucson area.

There are several ways to support the Child Language Center Wings on Words Program and Speech Language Clinic:

To help children from low- and modest-income families your sponsorship will provide substantial help:

  • $650 per year or $65 every month for 10 months will provide support for one child to attend our Wings on Words (WOW) Toddler or Preschool program.
  • $960 or $96 every month will provide speech therapy service for one child 2 hours per week enrolled in our WOW Toddler or Preschool program.
  • Your gift of $400 will provide 10 after-school speech therapy sessions (1/2 hour).

These scholarship donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Arizona State Income Tax credits are available for donations to the Child Language Center. This is a dollar-for-dollar tax credit (entitled “Credit for Contributions to Charities That Provide Assistance to the Working Poor”).

  • You may give up to $400 (or $800 if a married couple filing jointly) of your Arizona State income tax liability to the Center because of its services to children and families of modest economic means. Donations provide scholarships, books, educational materials, salary support, and operating expenses for Wings on Words Program.
  • This is different from, and does not affect your eligibility for other Arizona State Tax Credits such as Public Schools or School Tuition Organizations.

The Child Language Center is a qualified and certified non-profit (501)(c)(3) organization.