Who We Are
FUSD Speech-Language Pathologists
Julia Cencioso, M.S., CCC-SLP
Julia Cencioso received her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University in 1997. She received her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Northern Arizona University in 1993. Julia has been working as a certified speech language pathologist since 1998. She has worked at Thomas Elementary School working with students in Kindergarten through sixth grade since 1998. Julia previously worked in private practice focusing on preschool and school-aged children. She holds endorsements in Reading and English as a Second Language (ESL). Julia is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), Arizona Speech Language Hearing Association (ARSHA), and holds her National Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). She also holds a Special Education Teaching Certificate in Speech Language Pathology from the Arizona Department of Education and an Arizona Department of Health Services License.
Stephanie Hammond, M.S. CCC-SLP
Stephanie has served children and adults for 23 years. She received her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arizona. She has worked for FUSD for the past 9 years after moving here from the Valley with her family. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her kids, love up her dogs, and sing. She is currently working at Cromer Elementary School servicing students K-5. She holds her National Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC's) from American Speech-Language Hearing Association, a Speech-Language Pathologist License in the State of Arizona, and a Department of Education Preschool-12th grade certificate in Speech-Language Pathology.
Heidi Huggard, M.S., CCC-SLP
Heidi Huggard received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University in 1999. She has been working as a certified speech language pathologist with Flagstaff Unified School District since 2000. Heidi is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds the National Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Heidi enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and three children.
Laura Smith M.S., CCC-SLP
Laura Smith received her Master's Degree from Northern Arizona University in Clinical Speech Pathology in 2009. She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), Arizona Speech Language Hearing Association (ARSHA), and holds her National Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Special education has been a part of Laura’s life since she was a young child. She has worked in sports/recreation programs for children with visual impairments and also co-taught a classroom of K-2nd grade students with multiple and severe disabilities. Laura's experiences as an SLP include: early intervention and capacity building for families on Navajo and Hopi reservations, as well as speech/language therapy for preschool, elementary and high school populations in northern Arizona. She currently works in the Integrated Preschool at Sechrist Elementary as well as on the Preschool Evaluation Team. In her free time Laura enjoys yoga, hiking, cross country skiing, gardening and spending as much time with her family as she can!
Lynn Spangenberg, B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology
Lynn Spangenberg graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo and has completed graduate work In Speech Pathology and Audiology at Northern Arizona University. Since graduating she has had a variety of professional experiences, including: Speech/Language Therapist within residential and public school settings, Parent Advisor for ASDB/Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind and Director for Special Education Programs in the Williams Unified School District. Lynn also has specialized training in the Lindamood-Bell LIPS and VV programs. Lynn is able to communicate using sign language and Spanish at a basic to moderate skill level. Lynn holds the Arizona State Department of Education Certificate in Speech and Language Therapy and is licensed through the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Valerie West, M.S., CCC-SLP/ATS
Valerie West earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at Northern Arizona University in 1997 and 1999. Since 2006, she returned to Flagstaff and became employed with FUSD. While working to expand her knowledge base in the field of speech-language pathology, she earned a graduate certificate for Assistive Technology from NAU's Institute of Human Development. Since that time Valerie has conducted evaluations and provided training as part of FUSD's Assistive Technology Team. She also co-created Project MATTERS (an FUSD program created to support special education teachers and therapists by providing materials, space and training needed to create accessible and modified materials for specific student needs). Valerie is married and the proud mother of a son and twin daughters.
Amy Barreras M.S., CCC-SLP
Amy Barreras received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Oregon in 2004 and her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Northern Arizona University in 2006. She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds the National Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Before becoming employed with the Flagstaff Unified School District in 2017, Amy worked with children and adults in homes and schools across Northern Arizona including Flagstaff, Williams, Winslow, Holbrook, and Window Rock. Currently, she works at Coconino High School and Puente de Hozho Magnet School. Amy is married and has three lively children. In her free time she enjoys reading, taking walks, going to Bookman’s for coffee, searching for treasures at second-hand stores, and spending time with her family.
Bianca Martich M.S., CCC-SLP
Bianca Martich received her Master's Degree from Northern Arizona University in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology in 2013. She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), Arizona Speech Language Hearing Association (ARSHA), and holds her National Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Bianca's experiences include: early intervention, preschool, elementary and middle school populations. She also has experience with the adult population. She currently works at Marshall Elementary School serving kindergarten through 3rd grade including the Cross Cat I program. In her free time Bianca enjoys spending time with her family, cuddling with her cats, and Crossfit.
Lynn moved to Arizona in 2000 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She continued her education at NAU by earning a master's degree in Clinical Speech Language Pathology in 2004. She has worked as a SLP with children and adults in a variety of settings throughout Northern Arizona including the home, clinic, skilled nursing facilities, and hospital. She joined the FUSD team in 2017 and splits her time between Mount Elden Middle School and Flagstaff Medical Center. She is licensed by the state of Arizona and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Hearing Association. In her free time Lynn loves being outdoors with her family and friends.