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Meet the team

Meet Rebekah and Leigh

Rebekah Carlile


With 25 years as an educator and speech-language pathologist, Rebekah designed the Art of Chit Chat Curriculums to help school-aged students build their foundational language skills while also improving their social communication. Teaching kids the importance of body language, tone of voice, and facial expressions are some of her favorite lessons. Rebekah loves repurposing improv games (from her theater days) to make learning social language and literacy fun and active.

Rebekah received her masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin, and her masters in Mind, Brain & Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is also a member of the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association (TSHA).

Rebekah and Leigh travel across the country to speak to educators and therapists about how to use evidence based approaches to build social communication in an engaging, and innovative ways.

Leigh Scanlon


Leigh brings a wealth of experience to the Art of Chit Chat program from sales, education, and academic language therapy. She co-founded the Story Stage company with Rebekah in 2015, and has found that being in classrooms teaching language and communication skills is her favorite place to be. Her students routinely tell her how fun her classes are, and how easy it is to learn because they get to "think out loud." Leigh is excited to teach the Art of Chit Chat to other teachers because she believes we can all help kids build confidence for making small talk, joining groups, or interviewing for college and jobs.

Recently, Leigh and Rebekah designed a new line of social communication games ("Serious Games") that Leigh has loved using in schools. Leigh looks forward to working in communities to help give students the gift of chatting and connecting.