“I often cry happy tears,” says Ohio Valley Voices’ Testing Administrator, Kristen Haught. “I love coming to work each day and connecting with the kids.”
Kristen began her OVV journey six years ago as a Listening and Spoken Language Provider (LSLP), working in both the Learning Center and Toddler Program. Now Kristen is the primary Testing Administrator for the program’s current students, potential students, and alumni.
Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, Kristen has a degree in Speech Pathology and Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. She is a certified speech pathologist and elementary school teacher for grades K-3 with a 4-5th grade endorsement.
When Kristen visited Ohio Valley Voices, she observed classes and met with staff. It didn’t take long before she fell in love with the kids and school community. She soon joined the OVV team.
“To be able to help families achieve their communication goals for their children is so rewarding,” Kristen explains. For her, the biggest gift is teaching the children enrolled in OVV how to say the names of their family members, pets, and favorite toys. “Hearing that they are able to tell their loved ones, ‘I love you,’ is the best part of my day,” she says. “It fills my bucket.”
Outside of work, Kristen spends time with her husband of twenty-two years and their three daughters—Grace, 18, Emily, 16, and Audrey, 11. She keeps busy by volunteering in the Loveland community. She has been a Girl Scout leader for the past six years and currently coaches the St. Columban 6th grade girls’ volleyball team. She has also coached Girls on the Run and now has her girls volunteer in the program alongside her.
Reflecting on her time at OVV, Kristen emphasizes how much the organization means to her family. “All of my girls have volunteered here and hear about the kids all the time.” She is quick to point out that it’s the people more than anything else that set OVV apart. “The kids and families that attend Ohio Valley Voices are truly special, and they are the reason why I am so grateful to be a part of this community.”