Ann Densmore When I began my undergraduate career in speech and hearing sciences, I wasn’t quite sure of what it all entailed. It wasn’t until my graduate studies at Indiana University (IU) that I fully appreciated the impact I could have on a person’s life. Among all of the wonderful instructors I ... Golden Apple
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Ann Densmore
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Golden Apple   |   April 01, 2010
Ann Densmore
The ASHA Leader, April 2010, Vol. 15, 39. doi:10.1044/leader.GA2.15052010.39
The ASHA Leader, April 2010, Vol. 15, 39. doi:10.1044/leader.GA2.15052010.39

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When I began my undergraduate career in speech and hearing sciences, I wasn’t quite sure of what it all entailed. It wasn’t until my graduate studies at Indiana University (IU) that I fully appreciated the impact I could have on a person’s life. Among all of the wonderful instructors I had there is one mentor for whom I am most grateful. Ann Densmore was a clinical supervisor during my time at IU. Though I was somewhat intimidated when I was “assigned” to her, it soon turned into what would become the best learning experience I had, one that I still depend on when faced with a challenge. I remember walking into her office with my treatment or assessment plans/results. I was certain she would answer my questions and point me in the right direction! But her response was always the same. She would recline in her office chair, stretch her arms up behind her head, and say, “Well, what do you think?”
Ann’s ability to answer a question with a question is what really empowered me to become a critical thinker. She inspired me to pursue a school-based speech-language pathology career. Now, almost 15 years later, I ask myself, “What do I think?” I have taken this same approach in supervising student teachers and clinical fellows. I hope that I can inspire them to be critical thinkers the way that Ann Densmore did.
Kerri (Schwarze) Schwemm
Johnston, Iowa
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