Educating the Whole Child.



Tanya Purcell

Speech Language Therapist

Hola! I am a Speech Language Technician.  Born and raised in Minnesota, I grew up camping every summer and fishing almost every weekend.  I miss the Minnesota lakes and trees, but I’ve enjoyed the beauty of Utah for many years now. 

I moved west to attend BYU and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a Spanish minor.  I learned Spanish while living in the Canary Islands, Spain for a year and a half.  Living in a different country on the other side of the world is most definitely a hands-on learning experience and I consider it part of my education and one of the highlights of my life.  I also taught Spanish classes at the MTC in Provo for several years. 

When my children were little, I felt the urge to go back to school again. I graduated from Utah State with a second bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders for speech therapy. 

A few years later, I was asked to teach a Healthy Lifestyles class at my children’s elementary school.   I taught children about their amazing bodies and minds.  I started a series of lessons entitled, “Why Do I…?’ that allowed the students to ask and answer questions about their bodies and minds. Lessons ranged from, “Why do I dream?” to “Why do I burp?”  It was a lot of fun!  Soon the students started begging for those lessons every week!   I also had the great opportunity to tutor and mentor students struggling with math, reading and Spanish for several years. 

I enjoy traveling and discovering new places, even within the borders of Utah. 

My husband and I have 3 children, ages 16, 14 and 10.  We have a crazy 8 pound chihuahua named Rico, who loves to howl like a wolf.  It’s hilarious and he makes us laugh every day. 

A healthy habit that I have: drinking water.  It’s my favorite drink!   

One of the coolest things I’ve seen at Greenwood:  children enjoying their healthy snacks of unique fruits and vegetables instead of chips, candy etc.  It has inspired me to make healthier snack choices also. 

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