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Meet Our Staff

Meet Annette Shearman

Easterseals was my first job after completing my degree for speech and language pathology.  Since beginning over 30 years ago, I have grown as a therapist and administrator.  Taking over as the division manager in 2009 and continuing my role as speech therapist has been both challenging and rewarding.  The staff at the Johnstown Office has been very supportive to the many changes that have occurred over the years.  My role as a speech therapist is my favorite since working with kids has been and continues to be so rewarding.  I get to see the children learn to communicate better with their family and others at school or in the community.  Our outpatient speech therapy incorporates parent involvement which has allowed me to establish many great relationships with my families making my job more rewarding with their help in reaching therapy goals. I plan to continue working to help Easterseals meet its mission.

Find our more about our Speech and Hearing Services by going HERE.  If you are having concerns about speech and language give us call at 814-535-5508. We will be more than happy to help with any concerns you may have.


Meet Miss Norma

Miss Norma

My name is Norma, and I have been working for Easterseals for 15 years. I first started at Easterseals when my two adopted children, who have special needs were attending and I would drive them every day. 

I enjoy working in the Zebra room at the Child Development Center in Easterseals' State College Division as a personal care aide! I love being able to watch all of the children and help them learn and grow. Outside of Easterseals, I like spending time with my children and grandchildren. My husband and I also love camping, especially at the Great Grange Fair!


Meet Emily Newby

2021 TEACHER, State College, CDC, Community Development Center

Hi, my name is Emily Newby and I am the lead teacher of the Lion Cub Room at the Child Development Center in Easterseals' State College Division. I have been working at Easterseals since January 2013, when I started as an intern in the Lion Cub room. 

I graduated from Penn State in May 2013, with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies.  Since then, I have spent time in both the Elephant Room and the Zebra Room, before returning to the Lion Cubs on November 2016. I became the lead teacher in January 2018 and absolutely love it. This is my favorite age to work with and love seeing the kids grow throughout the year.

When I am not at work, I love being outside and going on adventures, anywhere I can go. My hobbies also include reading, archery, coloring, doing puzzles and spending time with my family and 2 cats.


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