Jan Eichen grew up in Columbus, Indiana. She attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology (Pre-Med) and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences in 1988. In the summer of 1986, she was chosen to be a Fellowship student for Bartholomew County Hospital in Columbus, where her love for speech and language therapy began. In 1989, she completed a speech and language externship with the Monon-Buffalo schools in Indiana while working with elementary age children. In 1990, she competed an externship with Bartholomew County Hospital where she worked with a range of patients from preschool to geriatrics. In 1990, she graduated with her Master’s of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Purdue. She has been a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1991 and is presently licensed in the state of Indiana and North Carolina.
Jan was employed in Chapel Hill with the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City schools. Her focus was with preschool aged children, (3-6 years of age). She worked in privately owned preschools and daycares. In addition, she provided therapy for children registered in the Headstart programs in the Chapel Hill – Carrboro city area. Her main focus was to provide speech and language services in an environment where teachers and parents were encouraged to be a part of their children’s therapy. She also provided informational talks for teachers and parents to inform them of speech and language development during early childhood.
Jan has recently worked as a preschool teacher for St. Michael Early Childhood Center and has been employed as an assistant teacher for St. Michael School. She and her husband Jeff have three children. She enjoys music, gardening, sports, and spending time with her family.