Klebes reflects on time at Hudson, future to come

Kate Watkins, Editorial Editor

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Klebes hopes to volunteer at the cafe in her free time to stay in touch with her former students and colleagues when she enters her retirement. 

Marti Klebes currently works as a speech-language pathologist in all the Hudson City Schools, but Hudson High School is her primary building. She is retiring this year after 30 years of helping students develop their communication skills: five in Pennsylvania and 25 at Hudson. She plans to volunteer in schools, including Hudson High, and travel in her free time.

How long have you been teaching?

This is my 25th year at the high school, but when I retire, I will have 30 years.

What do you do day-to-day?

I work with students with disabilities, primarily social language and social communication.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Philadelphia, Penn. My family is still there. My husband and I lived there for quite a few years after we were married when our children were young and moved here 25 years ago.

How did you become interested in language pathology?

I was a high school student and heard about the job and explored it. I never wanted to be a classroom teacher, but this offered me the opportunity to work in schools, hospitals or private clinics.

Where did you go to college?

I went to Penn State University for my undergraduate degree and to the University of New Jersey for my master’s degree and  have done certification work at Kent in autism.

What did you study?

I studied speech pathology and audiology for my undergraduates and my masters is just in speech pathology.

What do you do in your free time?

I like to walk, exercise, cook, read and get together with friends. We have a house on the lake, so in the summer we’re up there a lot and sometimes on weekends.

What’s your favorite aspect of your job?

I think it’s to see the kids enjoy what I try to do with them and to see them make growth and to develop communication skills they didn’t have [before]. I also love the team of teachers that I work with. I never mind coming to work because I work with wonderful people.

What will you miss about Hudson?

I think I’ll miss the people. I plan to volunteer here at the [Sweet Sensations] coffee shop on Wednesday mornings, so I can still see everyone.

Do you have any children or grandchildren?

I have two grown daughters, who are married, and four grandchildren: two boys and two girls.

Do you have any plans for retirement?

We plan to do some traveling. I want to volunteer at Hudson High and an elementary school to work with the kids on reading. I don’t want to have every day booked up. I’d like to join a Bible study and get involved. My husband and I might want to do some mission trips.

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