About The Founders
Rebekah Carlile, M.A., M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Rebekah created the Story Stage program while earning her M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. She partnered with Cook Children’s Hospital in the Fall of 2014 to pilot the program, and won UTA’s Provost’s Award for graduate research at the ACES competition in Spring 2015. Rebekah’s work teaching children to build stories using playwriting has been featured in Advance Magazine and as the lead story on the UTA website.
Prior to founding Story Stage, Rebekah earned both a B.A. in Theater and a M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. With 20 years experience as a Speech Pathologist, Rebekah continues to see private pediatric clients, specializing in language disorders and stuttering. Rebekah has taught theater camp for children at Stage West, and runs Backyard Theater Camp each summer for Berkeley neighborhood children to stage selected children’s literature and foster a sense of community among families. In 2013, Rebekah was invited to present a workshop entitled, “This is Your Brain on Theater” at the Texas Thespians State Festival. Most recently, Rebekah works as a Creative Writing Artist-in-Residence bringing collaborative story building experiences to patients at Cook Children’s Hospital.
Rebekah spends a lot of time helping children find their voices by teaching creative writing, practicing speech therapy, or running theater camps. She believes in the power of stories and the importance of feeling like yours has been heard. At home, Rebekah loves listening to stories from her own three children, cycling along the Trinity Trail, writing plays of her own, and watching her chickens cluck around the backyard.
Leigh Scanlon, B.A., Academic Language Therapist
Leigh is a born and raised Fort Worth girl. For as long as she can remember, she has looked for opportunities to help others or bring a smile to another’s face. Leigh spent her early years training in both dance and theatre, and enjoyed the camaraderie of performing in musical theater across Fort Worth. She continued to pursue her love of the arts while in college, joining The University of Oklahoma’s School Chorus and the Musical Theatre Program. Leigh graduated with a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Oklahoma and then pursued a Master’s degree in Counseling at Dominican University of California.
Leigh worked many years with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals helping people live healthier lives. She found great success at Pfizer winning several national sales awards, being selected as a member of Pfizer’s sales advisory team and as a member of the Women In Leadership initiative.
When Leigh became a mother in 2008, she quickly found that her true passion was working with children. She began a teaching career at a private preschool in Fort Worth where she helped three and four year olds build academic and social skills for the next 7
years. During this time Leigh also began a new personal journey. Leigh found that her own daughter struggled with a learning difference. Leigh became a passionate advocate for her daughter’s educational and socio-emotional needs and developed a desire to help others find the best learning environments and professionals for their children.
In an attempt to help her own child and others, Leigh took numerous continuing education courses and trained as a Academic Language Therapist through The Academic Language Therapy Association and the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. She currently continues to work toward Certification as an Academic Language and Dyslexia Therapist.
In Leigh’s free time she can be found playing with her daughters, spending time with her husband and extended family, walking and riding bikes in Tanglewood Park, going to the gym and, when time, reading a good book. Leigh looks forward to seeing the joy in children’s eyes and the spark in their step as they work to boost academic and language skills at Story Stage.