Meet your teacher: Brian Butz


Subject/school: Speech-Language Pathologist, Oak Trace Elementary School.

Years teaching: 16.

Education: Homestead High School, Fort Wayne; B.S. Speech, Language and Hearing, Ball State University; M.A. Speech-Language Pathology, Ball State University.

Why he became a teacher: “My mom, who was a first-grade teacher, has always inspired me to work in a school setting. When I was in college, I couldn’t decide what I wanted for a major, but knew I wanted to do something in the schools. My aunt, who is also a teacher, recommended being a Speech-Language Pathologist. I took the introductory course for Speech and Language and knew right then that I wanted to work in this rewarding field of study.”

Goals for students: “I always discuss our goals to all of my students. Each of my students has their own personal goals related to speech and/or language. When we meet, we talk about what our goal is, when we would like to complete these goals and how we are going to work on them.”

Advice for parents: “Initially, I ask the parents to encourage their child’s curiosity and self-esteem. They can do that by continuing what they are already doing with them at home like reading to them or modeling good speech and language. When they reach the point in their objectives where they are confident in their skills, I ask the parents to continue to follow up and remind them about their good speech and language skills.”

Something students may not know about him: “I got a scholarship at IPFW, in Fort Wayne, for soccer and a scholarship from the Sertoma Club. So pretty much athletic and brainy!”