Who are we?


Melissa Hornsby-Hodges


Melissa is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and specializes in working with children from preschool through high school, as well as a background working with adult clients. She graduated from the University of Houston with her Bachelors’ and Master’s degree in Communication Disorders. She has been the director of Leaps in Language for 20 years and is known for her commitment to helping her clients achieve success. She believes in educating the entire family so her clients will have continued success long after they leave her care. She believes each child is a blessing from God with gifts and talents. It is her passion to help them discover their gifts and talents and reach their maximum potential.

Aindrea Baird

Speech Language Intern

Aindrea's Bio Coming Soon

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Peyton Ehlers

Administrative Intern

Peyton graduated from The Momentum Academy in 2018 and went on to graduate from The VAST Academy at Houston Community College in 2020. She is active at church using her gift for creativity to lead elementary-aged children in activities and crafts. Peyton is a bright spot on the Leaps in Language team as a friend to everyone she meets.  Her valuable advice to kids is the importance of getting along with others and always be honest.

Amber McBurney

Accounts Manager

Amber is an immeasurable blessing and has a plethora of rich knowledge and experience in the professional world and in children’s ministry!  She began her professional career as the Office Manager for Engman Software, Inc. in 1996, where she effectively ran the office as well as juggled each customer’s need from billing to customizing and debugging the software.  Her attention to details and organizational skills shined, and she was sought after by the first private Speech Language Pathologist in Houston to become her Business Manager in 2002, where she not only effectively ran the business and worked with families, but she also managed charitable records of several foundations.  She then moved into the corporate world in 2014 utilizing her gifts and expanding her knowledge holding various positions such as a Level II Administration Assistant, Business Analyst, and a Level II IT Analyst.