Communication Sciences and Disorders

Meet the CHEEP Staff


Jamie Maschmeyer
Program Coordinator/Speech-Language Pathologist

Jamie completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta in 1994, obtaining a Bachelor of Education. She then pursued graduate study at the U of A, receiving a Master of Speech-Language Pathology. Jamie worked in early education in Edmonton and St. Albert between 1996 and 2002. She has found her passion for teaching on a collaborative team compliments her interest in speech and language development in young children. In 2002 Jamie, working with Lu-Anne McFarlane and Colette Strain, founded the Corbett Hall Early Education Program (CHEEP) at the University of Alberta. Since then she has split her time between coordinating the program and working as one of the speech-language pathologists in the classroom

    Kelly Roth
    Certified Teacher (morning class)

     Kelly received her Bachelor of Education with a focus in Special Education from the University of Alberta in 1997. She has been working with children of all ages and their families in a  variety of settings since then. Kelly is passionate about language acquisition for young children and has used American Sign Language, Augmentative and Alternative Communicatio, and the Whole Language approach in her teaching of children with speech and language delays.  Kelly joined the CHEEP team in 2019 as the teacher in the morning class.

Valerie Epp 
Certified Teacher (afternoon class) 
Val started her early childhood education in the early 1980’s.  After pursuing studies at Université Laval in Quebec City she moved to Edmonton to attend U of A where she obtained a Bachelor of Education with a focus in Teaching French as a Second Language in 1994.  Val has worked with preschool children with special needs since 1995. From 2009-2019 Val taught the morning and afternoon classes at CHEEP. She continues to be on the CHEEP team as the teacher in the afternoon class.

Sandra Freeman 
Speech Language Pathologist
Sandra is the SLP working in the morning class.  She grew up in Winnipeg and moved to Edmonton in the early 1990s to continue her education.  Sandra graduated with her Master of Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta in 1995, and has more than 15 years of experience working with preschool children in early education classrooms.

 Lynda Thibault
Therapist Assistant
Lynda is the Therapy Assistant in the classroom.  Lynda was born in Dawson Creek, BC.  She has also lived in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Calgary, and moved to Edmonton in   January 2013.  Lynda received a diploma in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Medicine Hat College.  Lynda worked as an OTA at Renfrew Educational Services in Calgary in their   Community Services division for 4 years before moving to Edmonton.  Lynda has been on our team since 2013. 

    Sarah Valente
    Occupational Therapist

    Sarah has been working as an Occupational Therapist in Early Education since 2001 and joined the CHEEP team in 2006.  She is originally from Saskatchewan, and grew up in Regina before moving to Saskatoon to attend the University of Saskatchewan where she obtained a B.A. in Psychology.  Sarah moved to Edmonton in 1998 to complete her degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta.

   Candace Newton
   Physical Therapist

   Candace is originally from Ontario and completed her Occupational & Physical Therapy Assistant diploma at Humber Institute of Technology. Wanting to further her education, she completed her Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation at the University of Calgary and finished up with her Masters of Science (Physical Therapy) at Queen's University. She returned to Alberta in 2013 and started consulting with Edmonton Public Schools in pediatrics in 2016 and started consulting with CHEEP in 2017. Candace is currently on a maternity leave for the 2019-2020 school year.