The TC Deaf Education program offers me a platform to find myself. This program not only supports my learning about Deaf culture, but also offers a chance to explore more advanced teaching modalities and important interventions in Deaf education. Teachers College in general and the Deaf Ed program in particular continuously refreshes my philosophy of education through what I am learning in each class, and through the diverse perspectives of my instructors and my cohort. I feel a sense of belonging as well as achievement here.
Having grown so much from my previous teaching experiences in NYC and abroad, I knew that my passion for Deaf education and my desire to broaden my teaching repertoire would lead me to pursue further graduate studies. Youth advocacy and educating the whole child has been my priority as an educator working primarily with English language learners and students with learning disabilities in the urban setting. Luckily, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program at Teachers College has helped foster my development as a teacher through its many learning opportunities on language acquisition, Deaf culture, and literacy instruction; the program’s emphasis on the development of critical faculties has allowed me to develop, synthesize, and demonstrate the knowledge and pedagogy necessary for strengthening my classroom practices. I am very fortunate to be part of such a strong and supportive community of reflective practitioners.
The Deaf Ed program at Teachers College offers a way to create relationships and connections that foster my love for educating students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This program creates opportunities to explore what Deaf education means and how it will continue to evolve. As an individual who is Hard of Hearing, I was fortunate to receive services from an extraordinary Deaf educator throughout my childhood. Now, because of her, I have found my passion in life. My goal is to contribute something meaningful to the field of Deaf education.
As a CODA, I arrived at Teacher’s College with a somewhat narrow view of Deaf Education but Teachers College has introduced me to many different paradigms and perspectives that I have come to appreciate. The exposure to and sensitivity toward these diverse perspectives is preparing me appropriately for the field in which I will soon be working in. It has truly highlighted the issues, concerns, practices, strategies, and notions of Deaf Education while illuminating the vast need for differentiation, knowledge sharing, and empowerment in this field. As an educator prior to my TC admittance, I strived for my students to become community leaders. As a future Deaf educator, I hope to do the same.
Since I was a child, I always wanted to be a teacher. My background is in Childhood Education and from student teaching and studying abroad I developed a specific interest in communication and language. I am currently pursuing my M.Ed. in Deaf Education and Early Childhood Education. I chose TC because it allowed me to expand my interests and experience a variety of communication modes, from Listening and Spoken Language to American Sign Language and all that falls in between. I feel that being exposed to various philosophies and beliefs better prepares me to work with, communicate with, and teach my future students in a way that best meets their needs.
I have always had a passion for working with children. I have a background in Speech Language Pathology, and after taking multiple sign language classes along with aural rehabilitation, I decided that Deaf Education was the direction that I would like to take. All of my professors at Teachers College are extremely supportive, and are always willing to help whether it is related to class, or finding a career; everyone at TC has a strong love for what they pursue and are so knowledgeable in their field. My cohort is also incredibly close; we all want the best for each other and we help each other out in any way possible! There is a strong sense of community at TC, and I feel as though I am very well-prepared for my career and for meeting the various needs of each one of my students.
Before I came to Teachers College, I was passionate about helping and working with people. When I started to learn American Sign Language and about Deaf culture, I became captivated and felt like pursuing a career in Deaf education was answering a long-awaited calling. The program at TC is offering me a wide range of perspectives and opportunities that I know will be applicable in any career path I choose. I am grateful for the way I have been challenged to consider new and different viewpoints, which will be especially useful in my future work in the education of students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.