Who We Are

02Abbey Cook

Owner of Communication Junction

Abbey Cook, owner of Communication Junction, is a Speech Language Pathologist, receiving her Master’s in Speech and Language Pathology, at Gallaudet University in 2004. She is licensed through the American Speech and Hearing Association, a certified Early Intervention Service Provider in the State of Illinois and is a Master Signing Time Academy Instructor, affiliated with the Emmy nominated children’s series, Signing Time. Abbey teaches American Sign Language to both children and adults and offers private speech therapy sessions. Abbey has also worked at Illinois State University, supervising graduate students and teaching various courses.

Abbey has two children who began using American Sign Language at a young age. At five months old her youngest son began signing milk and by age 1 both boys had signing vocabularies of 20+ words. She has seen first-hand how learning sign language at a preverbal stage has helped her children to communicate their wants and needs, leading to less frustration and tantrums, as well as enhancing school readiness skills.

1810873Adrianne Locke

Sign and Play Instructor
Sign and Sing Story Time Leader

Adrianne  Locke joined our team in 2014. She is a Deaf Educator with her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education and specializes in working with children that are Deaf and have other disabilities.  Adrianne taught in the classroom for 7 years before taking a break from the schools to raise her own children.  Adrianne, and her husband, Justin, live in Peoria with their two strong willed daughters, Violet and Clara.  Adrianne also works part time in Early Intervention has a Developmental Therapist Hearing Specialist and also with Illinois State University as an Instructional Assistant Professor, supervising Deaf Education student teachers and practicum students.   Adrianne is excited to be a part of the Communication Junction team and share the positive influences that Sign Language can have both from her personal and professional experiences.

05Molly Hite

Sign and Play Instructor
Sign and Sing Story Time Leader

Molly Hite graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Deaf Education in 2007. After graduating she accepted a job as a teacher in her hometown of Peoria, IL. She taught students who were deaf and hard of hearing for two years. During this time Molly worked with children of all ages, Preschool through High School and loved it! A large part of her job was helping students to develop their language skills, both spoken and signed. Molly married her husband Ryan in 2006 and made the decision to stay home when her first child was born. She now has two beautiful children, Elijah and Piper. Molly is excited to be a part of your child’s language development and to share the benefits that sign language will bring to your family.

Jen WilliamsJen Williams

Office Manager

Jen Williams graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught for several years outside of Chicago before moving to Peoria, getting married to her husband Michael, and obtaining her Masters in Literacy through Benedictine University. After teaching both kindergarten and first grade in Peoria, she made the decision to stay home with her kids, Nora and Aidan. At this time, she was introduced to Communication Junction through attending Story Time and classes. Jen is thrilled to be a (small) part of the Communication Junction team, as she has seen first hand the incredible difference it makes in the lives of families in Central Illinois, her own included!