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Jill RathbunDressing up on Halloween to get free candy is the one thing speech therapist Jill Rathbun really misses about being a kid.Rathbun travels throughout Basalt to help students in pre-K through 12th grade. She works hard at school but knows how to play.When she gets home, Rathbun’s daughter, Jessie, allows her to be a kid again. Name: Jill RathbunE-mail address: jrathbun@rfsd.k12.co.usAge: 34School, grade and subject: Basalt district speech therapist for students pre-K through 12th grade.Family information: Craig (husband), Jessie (3-year-old daughter)Teaching experience: pediatric private practice in Florida for five years, speech therapist in Steamboat Springs.Why are you a teacher? If you worked in another profession before teaching, why did you change?I have enormous empathy for students who have difficulty communicating.What do you like most about teaching? I love working with the students and helping them feel successful when they learn to enunciate better. Good communication skills bred confidence.What do you do in your free time?Play with my 3-year-old daughter. Currently I have 10 different recipes to make play dough.What’s your favorite lesson to teach?Teaching students to be kind and empathetic to each other. After all, everyone has some difficulty to overcome. Some disabilities are just more obvious than others.What was your favorite teacher like?My speech teacher, of course. I think that she might have retired after having to work with me for so long. She had a lot of patience.What is something interesting about you that no one else knows?I was in speech therapy class for five years trying to learn my “r” sounds. My speech teacher finally gave up on me and discharged me at the end of fifth grade.If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would you take with you?I would love to go with my family to England. I love the idea of tea time.What do you most miss about being a kid?Dressing up for Halloween and going trick-or-treating. I love any activity that involves chocolate.Each Tuesday the Post Independent will feature a teacher from a private school, Roaring Fork School District Re-1, Garfield School District No. 16 or Garfield School District Re-2. Each Tuesday the Post Independent will feature a teacher from a private school, Roaring Fork School District Re-1, Garfield School District No. 16 or Garfield School District Re-2.


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