marilyn-chen

Marilyn Chen

Speech Therapist

  • Mother of two wonderful boys, ages 16 and 12
  • Married for 17 years

What is the best part of your job with Clark County School District?
The best part of my job is realizing I have so much more to learn from the kids that I work with than I could every give them. Honestly, I can say that there has never been a dull moment. These kids have a way of keeping me humble. Just when I thought I knew everything to know about Autism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, etc., every once in a while, there will be a handful of kids that would fall outside that point where I get complacent with myself, and they would force me to dig deeper and expand my practice. I don’t ever think of what I do for them as work but little opportunities to discover the uniqueness of their challenges.

What do you love about living in Clark County?
I can name about a hundred reasons why Clark County is probably one of the best places to live. Wearing a skirt of shorts in November and December is probably at the top of my list followed by NO STATE INCOME TAX, and whether you are an outdoor adventurer or someone who enjoys good wine and music, the to do list here is endless. I personally like the diversity of ethnic food available around this city. Las Vegas fosters a culture of not just service we are known for, but also a culture of acceptance and welcomeness. You’ll never feel like an outsider.

What sets the Clark County School District apart from other employers?
I was a newbie when I took a position with the Clark County School District (CCSD). I am most grateful for the quality of mentorship I received from our Speech Department. I have worked with some of the most knowledgeable, competent, and at the same time incredibly humble professionals. They have treated me as their equal and they have always respected me as a valued colleague. The environment that our Speech Department has created is characterized by a shared believe in the importance of empowerment. I think this is the key that sets CCSD apart from other employers. I was allowed to have the freedom to develop my own clinical judgment. It does not matter what new challenges might come along, I always feel like I am more than enough, not because I’m such a great therapist (although, I’m not going to argue you down on that one), but because my department has my back and I always get the answer that I need from them.