I joined Terrier Nation in Fall 2015 after graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in Secondary Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Prior to that, I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the same university.
I was born deaf and was fortunate to have access to both ASL and English by my hearing parents who hustled to learn and expose me to sign language after finding out about my hearing loss. The one opportunity I did not have while growing up was attend a school for the Deaf, which is why I have tremendous value for my role here at WSD.
Why I teach English/Language Arts and Social Studies:
While I was growing up, I was always passionate about learning and would often come home from school to spend hours planning and creating worksheets to “teach” my little sister in my living room. Playing “school” as a young child eventually cultivated into an actual desire to remain in the classroom environment as a teacher.
I have always enjoyed reading and writing, which brought me to become an English tutor for several years as a college student. It was this role that inspired me to become an English/Language Arts (ELA) teacher. The world is a fascinating place that is full of history and colorful culture; my social studies and cultural anthropology background also brings me to teach social studies in addition to ELA.
How to Say Hello to Me:
Classroom: Divine 303