This mother of two persevered through sleepless nights, exams, and externiships to fulfill her passion for helping others. A native of Bronx, N.Y., Jaridy Fabre ‘17, returned to school just after giving birth to her second child, in order to pursue her dream of becoming a speech-language pathologist. Originally intending to get a master’s in psychology, she decided to switch career paths despite not having a background in speech. She went back to school, successfully earning a second bachelors in speech and applied to grad school. Determined and committed, she decided on Iona’s grad program for speech because of its emphasis on the latest available researched-based strategies and techniques. Jaridy recalls, “I knew the road ahead would not be easy, being a full-time graduate student and a mother. Nevertheless, I persevered and finally graduated!”
Jaridy’s background includes working for YAI, an organization dedicated to providing innovative services for the I/DD (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities) community. In her role as an eligibility coordinator, she interacted with both psychologists and speech therapists regularly and noticed how enthusiastic the speech therapists were while working with their clients. Jaridy states, “Many clients were nonverbal and the SLP made such a huge difference in their daily lives by giving them a mode of communication via AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) or working on life skills.”
After graduating from Iona, Jaridy completed her clinical fellowship in early intervention and became certified in sensory-motor approach to feeding therapy. She also completed a bilingual extension certification at Teachers College, Columbia University. This is where she discovered her passion for conducting linguistically and culturally sensitive evaluations using dynamic assessment for the bilingual ELL (English Language Learners) population. She was hired as a bilingual evaluator for the NYC Department of Education and the Putnam Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Education. Jaridy is currently working as a bilingual Speech Language Pathologist for a school in the Bronx while continuing to conduct evaluations per diem.
Jaridy looks forward to giving back to Iona someday by working as a supervisor for graduate students at the Iona Speech Clinic or an adjunct professor and hopes to pursue a doctorate in the near future. Her advice to students is that “it always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“I was able to complete a rigorous full-time graduate program with two children. There will be days when you question your career choice and your clinical skills, but Iona's team of dedicated educators are there to help you through. If you are passionate about a career where you make a difference in people's lives every single day- it will be worth it.”