In its 18 new hires in August, the Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency included audiometrist Tori Woiwood.
Woiwood, most recently from Blairsburg, assists audiologists in scheduling and providing hearing screenings within the school systems and the AEA.
"I saw the AEA website was advertising the job, and I applied and interviewed," Woiwood said. "It sounded interesting."
Before the Prairie Lakes AEA, Woiwood worked as an associate in the school system for 15 years. Her husband, Andrew Woiwood, also works in the school system, hired as the superintendent for Ruthven-Ayrshire schools.
"I was used to helping and assisting teachers in the special ed classroom," she said. "I'm helping and assisting here, too, just in a different aspect."
Audiologists provide diagnostic services, as well as providing services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Becoming an audiologist requires specific schooling.
Woiwood, however, did not need specific training in becoming an audiometrist.
"I go to the schools with the audiologist, and I help them as needed," Woiwood said. "We test from preschool through second grade, and then monitor kids in the older grades that have a known hearing loss."
She continued, "The audiologists are very helpful in teaching me. I've learned a lot in the last few months."