Office: Klehm 1311
Amy Richardson works approximately 15-20 hours per week as the Program Assistant for STEP. She had retired from working at EIU where she ran the Electronic Writing Portfolio Assessment for the university, but when she heard about the opportunity to work part-time with the great students and families in the STEP program, she came back to work at EIU. Amy gathers and compiles academic updates from professors, liaisons with campus housing as necessary, helps with planning the monthly group social activities, assists with major and career exploration, compiles program information and materials, and assists with recruitment and admission tasks.
2020-2021 Graduate Assistants
Annie Eydt-Beebe, B.S. Speech & Hearing Science
Office: Klehm 1331
Annie Eydt-Beebe also works approximately 18-19 hours per week as a graduate assistant in the STEP program. She has weekly individual meetings with STEP students and is involved in many aspects of the STEP program. Annie definitely knows the "ins and outs" of EIU, since Charleston is her hometown and both of her parents are professors at EIU. She is currently a graduate student in the Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology program at EIU. She thoroughly enjoys interacting with people and giving a helping hand where needed.
Trey Skocy, B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Office: Klehm 1331
Trey Skocy works approximately 18-19 hours per week as a graduate assistant in the STEP program. He has weekly individual meetings with STEP students and is involved in many aspects of the STEP program. He has completed some graduate coursework in Special Education and is currently a graduate student in the Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology program at EIU. The idea of being able to work with the STEP program and the possibility of being an assistant for it was one of the top reasons he came to EIU. As much as he says he loves the field of speech pathology, it’s his personal goal to one day work and run a program like STEP on a college campus. He says there is a very special place in his heart for neuro-atypical individuals.
Mentors are sophomore-senior undergraduate students who volunteer their time in order to provide support for individual STEP students. This involves consistent communication, one weekly social activity, providing support at study tables, and participation in the monthly group social event. Thank you to our 17 mentors from the Communication Disorders & Sciences and Special Education departments!