Before becoming a teacher, I had the opportunity to work in classrooms from preschool through college as a sign language interpreter. This work experience has prompted a focus on communication strategies.
I teach with visual supports to enhance students' comprehension. I plan for students to interact with materials and to enjoy their learning journey.
Honors and awards are frequent...when a student who is non-verbal slips a hand in mine while we walk, when a student learns to read and a look of pride comes over his face as he understands his accomplishment, or when a reluctant student cannot resist the temptation to learn and begins to participate. The honor of being present at these moments cannot be explained on a plaque or certificate. Such inscriptions cannot be summarily expressed and placed on tangible awards but are instead engraved upon the heart, so deeply that true teachers work tirelessly for the future possibility of such moments.
English for Secondary Education, B.A.; Deaf Education, M.A.; Special Education credential, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing; Special Education credential, Moderate/Severe
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