Our Expert Team

The professionals at hear ME now are dedicated to advancing Auditory Oral/Auditory Verbal Deaf Education options for Maine’s hearing impaired community

Meet the team whose mission is to bring listening and spoken language to every Maine child or adult faced with any degree of hearing loss that has chosen to listen and speak.

Our team includes a certified early childhood special educator, certified speech/language pathologists, certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS), an Educational Audiologist, and certified auditory oral Teachers of the Deaf who specialize in the Listening and Spoken Language approach.

Pam Dawson, M.Ed.
Executive Director
Early Childhood Special Educator

Executive Director, Pam Dawson has been working the field of Early Intervention for over 20 years. She holds undergraduate degrees in Early Childhood Development and Education, and a Masters in Early Intervention from University of Maine. She opened Building Blocks preschool, an inclusive early education program that served 450 families in 17 years. Today she enjoys her work as part of the hear ME now team of professionals focused on addressing the needs of those with hearing loss. Pam’s personal connection with music drew her to hear ME now.  She feels fortunate to be part of an organization that brings the shared human experience of listening to, and participating in, music to children with hearing loss.

 

Carrie Chojnowski, MS, CCC/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Speech-Language Pathologist
Listening & Spoken Language Specialist

Carrie Chojnowski has nearly 15 years of experience serving young children and families with hearing loss. After getting her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, she worked at Clarke School East in Canton, MA for three years. She returned to Maine in 2003and has been working at hear ME now! since. Carrie was the first person in Maine to be certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Auditory-Verbal Therapist through the Alexander Graham Bell Association. She works with babies and children of all ages with hearing loss, their families and adults with cochlear implants. She also provides consultative services to public school speech-language pathologists and classroom teachers.  Carrie holds a seat on the Maine Newborn Hearing Screening board and facilitates Maine’s first adult cochlear implant club.

 

Cathy Janelle, MS, CCC/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Speech-Language Pathologist
Listening & Spoken Language Specialist

Cathy Janelle has nearly 20 years of experience serving young children and families with hearing loss. Shegraduated from the University of Maine’s Communication Disorders program and later worked as a public school speech clinician for several years and coordinated special services for children at Head Start centers in rural Alaska. She went to obtain a Master’s degree at University of Oregon’s Communication Disorders & Sciences program where she trained with pioneer in early intervention, Dr. Diane Bricker. Cathy returned to Maine in 1996 to provide early intervention speech-language services for Child Development Services- Cumberland for four years. Currently, she works with children birth age to seven and their families and provides consultative services to public school speech language pathologists and classroom teachers.  Additionally, Cathy is certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Certified Auditory-Verbal therapist through Alexander Graham Bell Association and holds a certificate in Auditory Learning for Young Children with Hearing Loss via distance education from University of North Carolina.


Hannah Birnie, SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Hannah Birnie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies. She went on to pursue a graduate degree at the University of South Carolina where she gained experience working with children with hearing loss and their families through USC’s Cochlear Implant Team.   
 
Through USC’s Auditory Verbal Therapy specialization program Hannah took additional coursework and had opportunities to coach and mentor parents using Auditory Verbal strategies/techniques while supervised by certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists. In 2016 she completed her final three month internship at hear ME now! supervised by Carrie and Cathy. After graduating with a Master in Speech Pathology, Hannah worked at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech at their Boston location where she gained experience working with preschool aged children with hearing loss. Hannah is a new member of the hear ME now! team and is in the process of becoming a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist with Cathy as her mentor.   

Katelyn Spalding, M.E.D.
Auditory-Oral Teacher of the Deaf

Katelyn Spalding, began working in deaf education in 2001 at SoundWorks for Children, an auditory oral deafeducation program for deaf and hard of hearing children in Massachusetts. After graduating from Smith College with a Master’s in Education in 2006, Katelyn began working at hear ME now. She works collaboratively with families, preschools and many public school systems, providing guidance and training in language and auditory development. In 2007, she traveled to the Dominican Republic to help develop an auditory-oral teacher training program. She attended the AGBell national conference in 2008, 2010 and 2012.. She presented in October 2011 at the Clarke School for Deaf Mainstream conference and is pursing a second master’s degree in Literacy Education from the University of Southern Maine.

 

Ready to discover how Auditory Oral/Auditory Verbal Deaf Education can help you or your child? Contact us for a consultation.