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OPS Staff Spotlight: Denise Awender


Denise Awender

This week's Staff Spotlight is Denise Awender, OPS Speech-Language Pathologist!


Denise Awender

How long have you been at OPS? 

22 years

What does your job entail? 

Assessment and treatment of students in the areas of speech, language, fluency, and voice

What is the best part of your job at OPS? 

I love working directly with the students.  They brighten my day every day!

What piece of advice would you give our students? 

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. - Dolly Parton

What is something others don’t know about you? 

I love any milk chocolate candy that has caramel in it. 

Who has been the biggest influencer in your life? 

My grandma Marguerite had the biggest influence on me.  She was a gentle and kind Christian woman.

If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and why? 

I would love to have the ability to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep for the whole night!!    

What does it mean to you to be a Tornado? 

Being a TORNADO means working together to create an environment that is safe and inclusive for everyone.