Amy Mulawa is pursuing her PhD in the Communication Studies Department with a focus in interpersonal communication. She has a BA in Communications and Psychology from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and completed her MA in Communication Studies here at the University of Minnesota. Her area of interest centers around the language of contrition and peer relationships among preschool aged children. She is returning to graduate school after living in seven different states around the Midwest where she worked as a Director of Education and Center Director for Sylvan Learning Centers. Working with children and young adults of all ages and backgrounds cemented her passion for teaching and desire to help each individual find a way to connect with what they are learning.