May Spotlight, Caroline Knecht Perrin, Merry Mac of 2012

In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now? 

Through Serviam, Ursuline's emphasis on compassion and service to others in the community greatly influenced my career path. I became a speech-language pathologist because I wanted to make a difference in others’ lives just as the speech pathologists did for my youngest brother, who overcame childhood apraxia of speech, following many years of therapy. Today, I am privileged to also serve as an advocate for those during the rehabilitation process to find their voices as well as strengthen their speech and swallowing skills. The speaking, listening, and writing skills that Ursuline emphasizes in its curriculum provided me with the tools and confidence to succeed in college, graduate school, and while serving as a licensed speech pathologist to children, adults, and seniors.

Please describe the most significant value you learned from Ursuline Academy.

Virtue. At Ursuline, I was constantly mentored by adults who were not only scholars in their academic area but who also went the distance to identify and develop skills and character strengths in each of their students. As a student, I learned my value and how I could leave a positive impact on the world by making the right choices and putting 100% effort into my professional pursuits, personal relationships, and volunteer work. I am grateful for Ursuline encouraging me to work hard, be independent, and uphold strong morals. 

Describe Ursuline in one word. Explain.
Family. The first day I stepped onto Ursuline’s campus, I sensed a feeling of belonging to a family, a home away from home. It’s a special place that you can always go back to. You always feel welcome there and as if you never left. When you walk through the halls or attend the various Ursuline events, you can’t help but remember the traditions and the very first moments of lifelong friendships. Some of my previous teachers have remained lifelong mentors. It’s a welcoming atmosphere unlike any other, one that fosters personal growth and academic excellence. Ursuline is unique for its small-knit community where teachers and staff get to individually know and care about you, believe in you, and help mold you into an intelligent, confident young woman. When you meet other alumnae, you feel a sense of belonging and you’re proud to call Ursuline home. 

About Caroline Knecht Perrin

Caroline Knecht Perrin is a proud Merry Mac of 2012 and current alumnae board member. She is a native of New Orleans and the oldest and only girl of seven children. After earning a State Champion title in 2012, Caroline soon returned to the track on State Street, this time as the assistant High School and head Middle School Cross Country as well as Track and Field coach, where she served throughout her undergraduate years at Loyola University of New Orleans. After graduating Suma Cum Laude and valedictorian of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences from Loyola, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, she earned a Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2018.  
Caroline is now a licensed speech-language pathologist at Ochsner St. Bernard Parish Hospital where she evaluates and treats adults and children from diverse backgrounds. She works in the inpatient and outpatient settings helping those with cognitive, speech/language, voice, and swallowing disorders amongst various medical conditions. In addition, she works part-time for the St. Bernard Parish School Board as well as at other local hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, evaluating and treating those with speech-language, swallowing, and cognitive deficits. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Caroline has been a frontline worker in the hospital setting, pioneering treatment options for patients with communication and swallowing impairments due to coronavirus. As an active member of the American Speech Language-Hearing Association, Caroline also wants to remind the Ursuline community that May is “Better Speech and Hearing Month” and to bring any speech-language, hearing, or swallowing concerns to a licensed speech and hearing professional. 
Caroline recently married her high school sweetheart, Iggie Perrin IV, on December 5, 2020 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. She enjoys going to the beach, gardening as well running and biking during her free time. She and Iggie recently moved to Metairie and love spending time with their family, friends, and sweet new puppy, Teddy.