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Child Language Center

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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) 624-2947 – 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.

Teachers:

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!

Michele 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.

Bessie Demetriou

Bessie began working as an Instructional Aide at WOW in 2018. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she received a Bachelor of Science degree and MBA from Drexel University. After working as a Systems Analyst for 15 years, and raising three children, Bessie began working in the field of Early Childhood. She brings 11 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and has inspired one of her own college-aged children to pursue a degree in elementary education. She enjoys traveling to other countries, spent 3 years in Greece and enjoys learning how to cook cuisines from many different countries.

Kristin Reeb, SLP

Kristin, a Tucson native, moved to New York’s Hudson Valley in 1990 where she attended State University of New York College at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz). There she received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, and a Master of Science in Communication Disorders in 1999. Kristin is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in AZ and NY, and earned ASHA’s ACE Award for Continuing Education in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020.

She brings extensive experience with a wide variety of childhood speech and language disorders in private pre -and public school settings: St. Francis Hospital Preschool Program, Carriage House Preschool Program, Arlington Central School District and AZ State School for the Deaf and Blind.

Kristin returned to Tucson in 2018 and began working at WOW in 2019.

She enjoys working with graduate student clinicians, and when not working loves concerts and plays, touring historical sites and museums, and spending quality time with family and friends.