About Shannon

Thank you for being so sensitive to our son’s self image worries about being ‘different’ because of his learning issues. Your support and instruction helped him develop coping skills that allowed him to grow and mature. William

Even after a rewarding decade working as a speech and language therapist in schools and private practice, I wanted to connect more deeply with my students, their families, and communities. I saw a rich world of learning within families and kids’ everyday lives and I craved the freedom to go there.

Today I get to live in that world, both as a parent and as the founder of Chatterbox Learning.

In this world, I am lucky to be inspired by many people and things every day. But the thing that stands out, time and again, is the rich potential for change within families.

Having a particular gift or challenge with reading, learning, or language — or being “different” in any way—can be stressful for kids. Parents and siblings are affected, too. Bringing awareness to the issue within the family in a way that highlights each individual’s strengths gives the child a new foundation of confidence from which to grow.

My vision and my hope is to give families the tools, support, and confidence to do just that. To learn, grow, and thrive—together.

Happy Learning!


  • BA, Speech and Hearing Science – Washington State University
  • MS, Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in pediatric neurology – San Francisco State University
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence – American Speech and Hearing Association
  • Member, International Dyslexia Association


  • Wired for Reading and Orton-Gillingham
  • PROMPT Level I
  • Project Read Written Language
  • Peak Potential Train-the-Trainer, Levels I and II
  • Handwriting Without Tears Levels I and II
Our kids have been so lucky to be under your guidance and care. You helped them discover new parts of their capacity and allowed them to become even better selves.Julie

ABOUT Colleen Palkert


  • Washington State Professional Teacher – Endorsements: Elementary Education, Reading, and Special Education
  • B.A.  Elementary Education B.S. Psychology – University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • M.Ed. Special Education and Reading – University of Portland
  • Member, International Dyslexia Association, International Literacy Association


  • Wired for Reading
  • Slingerland Multisensory Structured Language Approach Level 1
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Social Thinking, Responsive Classroom

Teaching children is an honor and privilege that I cherish. I love working as a team, playing, laughing, helping students realize goals, and celebrating success in the process of learning. After nearly 20 years of teaching experience in many different educational settings: public, charter, private, independent, classroom and special education, I am thrilled to now work in individual sessions with students and families. In this setting, I will be able to combine my professional knowledge, my passion for teaching literacy, and my years of experience to have the most impact on students.

By working as a team with parents and teachers to provide an integrated support system, I will help your child gain confidence and skills in ways that will make him/her feel both challenged and supported. I will harness my passion for empowering young learners and merge that with your child’s interests and humor to keep her/him engaged, curious, and learning!