SCSD Student Profile: Meghan Hemstreet- Serves, Leads, Succeeds

SCSD students tend to have a common trait—a genuine desire to help others achieve confidence in themselves. Meghan Hemstreet is a leader among her peers in this area, having dedicated years to serving and teaching the youth in her community.

Hemstreet headshot“Observing therapy sessions first hand inspires me to continue moving forward with my degree.” Says Hemstreet. “I have seen clients of all ages, through dedication and determination, continually progress in their sessions—not only with their speech, but also with their confidence.”

Meghan’s desire to serve, coupled with her educational background paved the yellow brick road to her decision to work with children who suffer from communication disorders. Hemstreet has helped young students in various capacities. She has volunteered at her church’s afterschool program and Sunday school; assisting with 4 and 5 year old children. She served as a youth services intern at the local Tallahassee middle school, guided children as a camp counselor, and even served Meals on Wheels.

In all of her service experiences, her excitement lies in one  place; watching children improve and succeed. “When a friend of mine told me that he received speech therapy at his elementary school, my face lit. He said it was his favorite part of the day. A career in which I am able to directly impact young lives in a positive, memorable manner, on a daily basis is exactly what my heart desires.”

Hemstreet says Florida State has motivated her success. She boasts a competitive GPA and will go on to graduate school next fall; but still, it is her giving nature that is most striking.

“The Florida State University has helped to instill the significance of community in my life. As a Communication Science and Disorders major here at FSU, I was fortunate to become a part of a community fueled by a passion for helping others.” Says Hemstreet.

Meghan’s future continues looking bright. She is currently, living in Tallahassee and working as an afterschool counselor for children between the ages of 3 and 6. Before starting her master’s program in speech pathology, she seeks to diversify her experience as an ESE paraprofessional at a local school for children with special needs.

“Ten years from now, I see myself practicing as a certified Speech-Language Pathologist here in the state of Florida.” says Hemstreet “I plan to work in a private practice, specializing with young children.”