Lydia Kopel, EdS, CCC-SLP, currently works in a large metro school system as a lead speech-language pathologist. Her primary responsibilities include supervising clinical fellows and working on special projects. In addition, she works as a private consultant and presents all over the United States. Ms. Kopel has more than thirty-five years of experience, which includes working as an SLP in the school system and as a special education coordinator. During that time she developed several resource manuals for SLPs and teachers of the hearing impaired and visually impaired. Ms. Kopel was also a member of the Georgia School-Based Speech-Language Pathologist Leadership Team, established through the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). This team developed state-wide training on collaboration for SLPs and general education teachers. She has a great interest in language-based learning disabilities and integrating curriculum with speech therapy. Ms. Kopel is one of the founders and continues to be a member of the Georgia Organization for School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists, which currently has more than 700 members. She is also a member of ASHA. Her personal interests include photography, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.