Grauel 112L
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 2600
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
I am a "townie" who attended Missouri State University for my undergraduate degree, but returned to Cape Girardeau and Southeast for graduate school. While working in the field, I completed a graduate certificate program in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Missouri State University.

Early in my career, I worked as a speech-language pathologist in both outpatient and educational settings (Early Childhood Special Education and K-12). I had the opportunity to teach in an adjunct capacity at Southeast while still working in the schools, supervising a graduate student in their clinical externship. These opportunities and experiences were invaluable to me. I found myself in love with teaching, mentoring, and guiding other students and young clinicians. I enjoy the challenge of presenting information in an engaging manner, meeting the needs of students with diverse learning styles. Students in our undergraduate and graduate programs are the future of our field and I am honored to be a part of their journey towards giving others a voice.

I specialize in speech sound disorders and work with pediatric populations. I also have clinical interests in supporting early literacy skills and providing services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Outside of work I love to spend time with family and friends, travel to national parks, play golf, and long walks with our dog!

Classroom experiences should integrate real-life clinical experiences with course content. It is my responsibility as an educator to deliver information in an engaging manner, meeting the needs and learning styles of each student in the classroom. As a clinical supervisor, my role is to encourage and guide clinicians to pursue evidence-based, person-centered care. Pushing students to develop strong critical thinking skills establishes a strong foundation to serve as an effective speech-language pathologist.

Emily Obergoenner, Instructor, Clinical Supervisor, & Externship Coordinator

Awards and Honors

  • 2023 College of Education, Health, & Human Studies Teaching Award
  • Apraxia Kids Verified Provider

Proffesional Organizations

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Missouri Speech and Hearing Association

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