Jessica Luhman, MA CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Began at Teachwell:


Why did you choose this field?

From the time I was young, I always knew I wanted to be in the "helping" field. Then the summer before I began college, a close friend of mine suffered a traumatic brain injury from a motor vehicle accident. This is when I became interested, specifically, in speech therapy. My mom will tell you it's the perfect career for me, as someone "who never stops talking."

What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a mother and a teacher. As a SLP, I get the best of both worlds! I truly enjoy being a SLP and am humbled to have found a career I love so much.

What or who most inspires you?

I'm inspired by the minds and hearts of children - my own two children at home, and the ones I have the pleasure of working with. I'm also inspired by the sheer resilience of the children, adults, and families I have served in a variety of settings - they are survivors!

Why Teachwell?

Teachwell provides a supportive and collaborative work environment, where both personal and professional growth are valued. At Teachwell, we work as a team and grow as a team.

What are you proudest of?

I am most proud of my ability to connect with people from all walks of life, in all stages of life. My ability to put myself in someone else's shoes, and truly listen, is a gift I love to share.

How do you hope to make a difference?

I hope to make a difference by the personal connections I make with those I meet. I hope to spread love, positivity, and HOPE to those who need it most. I hope to help others thrive by thinking outside the box, and individualizing the care that our students/patients need.

What lessons has your work life taught you?

My work life has taught me compassion and grace. Everyone is fighting their own battles, and the easiest thing to do is be kind. It costs nothing and will make the biggest impact.

What is your background? Experience, degrees, skills, etc.?

I attended the University of South Dakota for both my undergraduate degree (2001) and my graduate degree (2003). I've had the unique opportunity of being licensed in five states, providing me with experience and insight into different speech/language practices. I've had the pleasure of working in the hospital setting PRN for the past 6 years, in inpatient rehab. Though my career has primarily been in pediatrics, I equally love connecting with adults.

People would be surprised to know that I . . .

Primarily due to my husband's job changes, I have lived in five states - Nebraska, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, and South Dakota. SD is home for me, so I'm happy we are here to stay.