Marilyn Fairchild is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Specialist at the University of Minnesota (UMN). She has Masters degrees in teaching English as a Second Language and Communication Disorders. Areas of interest include language difference vs. language disorder, literacy skills in children with speech/language issues, and formative assessment in clinical education. She served as co-author of Talk With Me: A Resource Guide for Speech Language Pathologists and Educators Working with Linguistically Diverse Young Children and their Families (2001, 2012). She is active in the Minnesota Speech, Language, Hearing Association, serving as a member of the Legislative Steering Committee, Policy Council, and Multicultural Affairs Committee. She is also Past Co-President of the association. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, running, and spending time with her family and dogs.