I didn’t want to become a speech-language pathologist-at least, I didn’t think so. My original goal was to be a classroom teacher, but crowd control wasn’t my forte. Many of my colleagues were fascinated by language, or moved to work with kids with certain conditions, like Autism.

Me? I just wanted to teach. And to help. It was as simple as that.

I got my Bachelors in Developmental Psychology at UC Santa Barbara, and entered the Masters program at San Diego State University in 1987.

Along the way, I became a mother, a drummer and a writer-so I’d like to think-but ultimately,  I”m still a therapist. The things that attracted me to the work are the very things that keep me in it.

Jessica Gonzalez