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Ann M. Barry, Sp ’77, Grad ’78

Ann Barry’s original intent was to enter the field of physical therapy, but Marquette’s program was full, so she switched to speech pathology — and found her niche.

In addition to her work as a speech pathologist at Wadewitz School in the Racine, Wis., Unified School District, Ann helped initiate the district’s assistive technology program 15 years ago, serving as a consultant, working directly with students and their families, keeping up with new technologies and introducing special education students to devices that can help them in the classroom.

Although Ann admits that keeping up with technology can be challenging, her willingness to do so means that her students have the resources they need to succeed.

Her personal formula for success, “to always be mindful of the needs of others and work as part of a team when making decisions to help them,” has given her the patience and wisdom to excel in her work.

In addition to her work in the school district, Ann is active in professional and community organizations, and has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction in Education by the Racine YWCA.

She stays in touch with Marquette as a periodic guest lecturer on augmentative/alternative communication and by hosting graduate students. Her priorities in life are “faith, family and work—in that order.”

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