Ms. Karen Kirkpatrick » TPES Speech and Language

TPES Speech and Language

Mrs. Karen Kirkpatrick
Speech Language Pathologist
Tellico Plains Elementary School

BS Speech and Hearing Sciences
University of Tennessee 1989

MA Speech and Language Pathology
University of Tennessee 1991

I am happy to be serving as the TPES Speech-Language Pathologist since 2015. I was born and raised in
Tellico Plains and received my high school diploma from Tellico Plains High School. I started my career in Athens, TN as a Speech-Language Pathologist at National Health Care where I served patients who
suffered stroke and head injury, as well as the pediatric population for 7 years. While working for NHC, I
found my love for working with school age children through contract services in McMinn and Rhea
Counties. After leaving the Athens area, I contracted privately, part-time with Dayton City Schools 2
days a week for 15 years, while raising two children of my own. My husband and I live in Tellico, where
we are beginning to enjoy an empty nest, as our children are grown and finding their own way in life. In
our free time we enjoy riding horses, working on our small farm, working in our church, and spending
time with family.


I hope all of you are doing well during this uncertain time!  I have posted some speech and language activities for home practice until we can be back together at school.  If your child receives services for language, there are some fun and easy ways to practice language learning through the activity pages posted.  Also, remember nothing beats reading with your child and discussing your favorite characters, asking/answering questions about passages, recalling and retelling events from stories.  If your child is working on speech, then you should know which sounds to practice by this time of year.  I posted some fun articulation worksheets that you can either print or just do verbally with your child.  Remember, speech practice doesn’t have to be structured or stressful.  Just a little practice each day while eating together, riding in the car, or playing in the yard.  A little time spent each day of repetition of good speech sounds will go a long way!  Stay well and hope to see you soon!
Mrs, Karen