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Posted February 8, 2011

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Marcia Congdon

Marcia Congdon was hired by APS in 1998.  For almost 13 years she enjoyed working as an occupational therapist at Kirtland and Whittier elementary schools. During that time she also worked with students at a third and sometimes a fourth location. The students ranged from pre-school to high school. She has worked with students in homebound and at Highland High School; Wilson, Van Buren and Hayes middle schools; and La Mesa, Mark Twain, Wherry and Emerson elementary schools.

Congdon appreciated the interesting variety of work in this position and included interventions such as music, performance, and artifact creation in her therapy. She especially utilized the "How Does Your Engine Run" self-regulation program and felt that co-treatments with speech and physical therapists referred to as SPOT groups were highly beneficial to students.  She found teachers very helpful and she has fond memories of times working with them.

Of all the jobs Congdon has been fortunate to have in her life, she says this one was the best.  It was challenging and she felt she was always reinventing herself.  The friendship and support of the principals, staff and therapists made her work enjoyable, while the growth of the students made it meaningful.  She hopes she made a positive difference.

Retirement gatherings have taken place at a few of Congdon’s school sites, and an additional retirement party to allow therapists and others to join in her celebration is pending.

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