Giglio and Giardenelli work closely together in their role as speech language pathologists for the Guilderland School District, and they’re also still tight with their network of Saint Rose communication sciences and disorders alumni. Before the pandemic, “the speech group” used to get together regularly – now it’s more about problem solving and staying in touch via text messages.
What lessons do you still carry with you from Saint Rose? Giardenelli: I think the person-centered approach – really knowing that it is so important that everyone is a person with a voice, and that it’s our role to help them make it through their communication disorder or make life easier for the children and the families.
I think they really brought home the value of just being a really good person. You know, these students that we have want us to be creative, and want us to be resourceful, and want us to be able to change really quickly and come up with something fun. They really, at the end of the day, just want to be loved. So, I think that all those values were woven through our educational classes at Saint Rose, and they’ll be with us forever.
What keeps you in the field? Giglio: The kids. Honestly, it is so awesome to see all the kids, and even though they’re all wearing masks, just to see how happy so many of them are to be here at school half the time. You know, I just walk down the hallway and try to say hi to every child by name just because, you know, they like it.
I’m not sure what kind of job you could ever have that would make you think fast on your feet, be creative, laugh, and want to cry all at once. It’s just like every day is a new challenge, but it’s a good challenge.