I was always for the underdog. When I learned about the field of speech-language pathology, I fell in love with everything about being an SLP. Change the world by giving kids the ability to communicate? Yes, please! Most of my kids call me "Mrs. Buffy" because they can't say the /l/ or /s/ in "Williamson." After about 7 years of practice as an SLP, a mom of a student with autism gave me a letter that read, "Because of you, my son will be able to ask the woman of his dreams to marry him." I've been an SLP for 15 years now and have become one of the leads in the school district. To think I started as an aide—I never thought I would be a lead. But when the days get long and the stack of IEPs gets high, I pull out that letter. What I do matters to people. What an honor to be a part of their story.